20 games over .500, 22 games better than their 2012 record, two games better than the 2012 division champion Tigers and most importantly, good enough for possession of a postseason berth. While a team’s number of wins doesn’t necessarily dictate how they’ll fare in the playoffs, it still is a symbol of success, particularly to a ball club that doesn’t see the luxury of 90-plus wins very often.
For the Indians, it’s a milestone as they now have reached the 90-win mark for the first time since their last playoff run in 2007. Of course, as Terry Francona said in his postgame presser, the team will not spend much time reflecting on the win column as they prepare for the final two games of the regular season. Still, it’s a mark that many didn’t see the Tribe coming anywhere close to matching after finishing the 2012 campaign at only 68 wins.
After a clear culture change started by the hiring of Francona last offseason, the results are now truly evide...