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We've officially reached the stretch run.
With just six games left to play in the 2013 MLB season, the Cleveland Indians' record sits at 86-70, and the team is in possession of one of the two Wild Card spots.
Texas is close behind as the Rangers trail the Indians by just 1 ½ games.
The Tribe will face the Chicago White Sox twice this week before they head to Minnesota to face the Twins in a crucial four-game series that will close out the season. While it may be a cliché, the reality is that the Indians do in fact control their own destiny. As long as the team takes care of business this week, they will be in the postseason.
Of course, the Indians' current strong position has a lot to do with this past week, which was a week that saw the Indians go 5-2 and gain significant ground in the Wild Card race.
With that being said, let's take one look back at the week that was as the Indians prepare to begin the most important stretch of their entire season...
BEST OF MAXIM
Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Cleveland began Saturday with a half-game lead over Texas for the AL's second wild card. The Indians, who have won eight of their last 10, trail Tampa Bay...
Scott Kazmir has over 200 MLB starts and 75 wins under his belt, but his victory against the Houston Astros on Saturday might have been the biggest of his career.
Signed to a minor-league deal after being out of affiliated baseball for all of 2012, Kazmir did enough to impress the Cleveland Indians organization after regaining his form with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters...
Cleveland, OH -- Scott Kazmir pitched seven shutout innings and Cleveland scored three runs in the first as the Indians beat the Houston Astros 4-1 Saturday night at Progressive Field.
The Indians began Saturday with a half-game lead over Texas for the second American League Wild Card spot. Cleveland, who has won eight of its last 10 games, trails Tampa Bay by a half-game for the...
Player of the Game: Michael Brantley (3-for-4) with 2 RBI
Forget Tribe Town, how about Sweep City?
In front of the largest Sunday crowd of the season, Indians bats exploded for nine runs on 13 hits against the Astros to complete the four-game series sweep over Houston, 9-2.
Sitting in the driver's seat for one of the American League wild card spots, Cleveland (86...
Player of the Game
Michael Brantley knocked in the first two runs for the Indians with an RBI single and a solo home run. Late in the game, Brantley started the ninth off with a single and a steal, leading up to another walk-off win. With a POG score of 6.10, this marks Brantley's third consecutive game with a score over 4.00, while no other player has had a score higher...
Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn had two RBIs apiece as the Cleveland Indians, clinging tightly to a wild-card spot, became the first team in 52 years to post six sweeps of a four-game series in a season with a 9-2 win Sunday over the Houston Astros.
The Astros lost their season-high ninth straight.
Brantley hit a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning off Erik Bedard (4-12...
Player of the Game
Scott Kazmir looked great today, going from the first hitter in the game through the first batter in the fifth inning without allowing a base runner. This was Kazmir's second to last start of the regular season and he let it all out, striking out ten and allowing just five base runners in 7+ innings.
Milestone Alert: Playing in his 810th...
A playoff contender in September, the Indians drew their largest crowd in almost a month and gave fans something to cheer about.
Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
The Indians in pursuit of a playoff spot helped themselves with another dominant performance by Scott Kazmir.
Nod if you saw that coming in spring training. Now feel free to take a lie-detector test.
The surprising Indians and their shockingly effective lefty cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night at Progressive Field. Kazmir struck out 10 in seven scoreless...
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Michael Brantley on second, Jason Giambi hit a 1-1 slider deep into the right field seats for the team’s 11th walk off win of the season.
The Indians had a 3-2 lead going into the top of the ninth, but closer Chris Perez gave up a pair of solo home runs to put the White Sox on top.
Giambi was pinch hitting for Matt Carson, who entered...
The Houston Astros' longest losing streak of the season has them on the verge of making unwanted franchise history.
Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir tossed seven scoreless innings on Saturday night, paving the way for Cleveland's 4-1 victory over the Astros.
Chris Carter's ninth-inning homer off Indians reliever Joe Smith avoided a shutout for Houston, which has only...
Once the entire baseball season is over, we here at IBI will be running an Indians-centric award roundtable. So as to avoid a hopelessly lengthy read because of the number of participants and categories, written responses will have to be kept short. Because of that, and because this isn't an actual award that we will be voting on (they will be split into most valuable hitter...
With yet another four-game sweep, the Indians matched a feat last accomplished by the 1961 New York Yankees.
Now, they'd like to repeat something else those Bronx Bombers did in October.
Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn had two RBIs apiece as Cleveland, clinging tightly to one of the AL's two wild-card spots with a week left, became the first team in 52 years to post...
Player of the Game
Carlos Santana had a come from behind Player of the Game win, surpassing Michael Brantley and his second consecutive two RBI day in his last at bat. Overall, Santana went 2-5 with a double and a home run, knocking in two and scoring twice as well for a POG score of 5.68. He just nudged out Brantley who scored 4.25.
This series has been very...
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Tribe can sweep the Astros with a win today. “Scott Kazmir pitched seven shutout innings and Cleveland scored three runs in the first as the Indians beat the Houston...