The Cleveland Indians led the AL Central in late June and were in contention through most of July, making it difficult to understand the collapse that has them on the verge of being in last place.
A loss in the finale of this four-game set with the host Minnesota Twins on Monday night would tie the teams at the bottom of the division with the worst record in the AL.
Cleveland was 37-33 and held a half-game lead in the Central on June 23. An 11-15 July -- ending with a three-game sweep at the hands of the Twins -- and a 5-24 August has contributed to the Indians (59-81) being one loss away from being tied at the bottom of the Central.
Only three teams in major league history have held a division lead after 70 games and finished in last place -- the 2006 Colorado Rockies, the 2005 Washington Nationals and the 1991 California Angels.
Cleveland blew a 4-0 lead in Sunday's 8-7 loss to Minnesota.
"We did a very good job on taking advantage of the walks earlier and moving guys over an...