When the Indians made the moves this past offseason to sign outfielders Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher, the message was clear: this team wants to compete... and now.
Almost a whole season later, it's clear that that goal has been accomplished as the Indians sit here on September 16 with a record of 81-68. They're also just a half game out of claiming one of the two American League Wild Card spots.
This week, the Indians will look to continue to gain ground as they'll face the pesky Kansas City Royals before heading back home for a four-game set against the Houston Astros. The Indians really could not ask for a better way to end the season, so it's imperative that they go out there and win the games that they're supposed to.
Before getting too ahead of ourselves though, let's take a moment to look back at the week that was — a week that could prove pivotal to the team's chances of ultimately clinching a playoff spot.
September 9 vs. Kansas City, W 4-3 (WP: Jimenez, LP:...