Every game is important throughout a baseball season, but this final game for the Indians against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field is absolutely huge. Currently, the Indians sit just 4.5 games back of the first place Detroit Tigers in the AL Central Division. The Indians have won five straight, eight in a row at home and are within one game of the .500 mark at (29-30).

So why is this game tonight so big?

It’s truly about what lies ahead. The Tribe heads to Texas for four (29-29), Kansas City for two (28-30), and then finishes off the road trip in Boston (27-31) for a tough four game series at Fenway Park.

While those records aren’t mind-blowing, playing on the road is always difficult. Especially with the Indians current road record of (9-19) to this point in the season.

Excuse me while I yack…

On the road, the Indians bat 26 points less, and the team ERA jumps from 3.57 to 4.49.

So my point is simple. Yes, this home stand is a good one regardless of if the Tribe wins tonight, but having the momentum of six straight wins is much greater than flying to Arlington to start a 10 game road trip off of a loss.

Corey Kluber throws for the Tribe, and he has been absolutely dynamite. 6-3 with a 3.04 ERA thus far. Additionally, we’ve got the help of the Browns’ first round draft picks throwing out the first pitch.

So keep doing what you’re doing, and let the good times roll. Texas awaits, but let’s force them to break our streak! The atmosphere should be absolutely amazing tonight.

-Zach Shafron

 

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