Originally posted on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 9/9/13
While the Indians were able to win their series against the lowly Mets, they were unable to maintain the one game distance between them and the Wild Card leading Rays when they lost the final game. A sweep was well within reach, but things slipped away in the final inning Sunday afternoon. The Indians will stay in Cleveland for one more series as they move on to face the Kansas City Royals. Despite having almost identical records against the Central Division (KC 36-27, CLE 32-28), they have come about those records very differently. While the Indians have struggled against the Tigers (4-15), the Royals (9-7) have comparatively flourished, and just finished a three game set against Detroit that they finished 2-1. The head-to-head match-ups between the Royals and Indians are where that difference has been made up, with the Indians winning eight of the thirteen games so far. This will be a telling stretch for all three teams involved as the Royals will come to Cleveland, go to Detr...
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