There aren’t too many weekend series where you go into saying we need to win all of these games. That’s what the Indians needed this past weekend against the Pirates. Not just a 2-1 win of the series; but a clean 3-game sweep. And surprisingly enough they delivered. The Pirates came into the series above .500 for the first time this late in a season since 1999 (wow). They have been playing good ball of late and could have been pesky. Nonetheless, they are still the Pirates. We needed to win all of those games the way the Tribe has been playing. With Detroit all caught up, a winning streak was needed to get back on the right track.
Many put this team down and already gave up on this year since the losing streak started. People need to realize that it’s a long season. There will be ups and downs. Whether this sweep was easier than others doesn’t matter at all. This can get the Tribe back on the feeling of winning that they need badly.
Another plus from the weekend was the attendance. Solid attendance of over 30,000 each game for Father’s Day weekend proves that with better weather and winning, these fans want to be there. If we can stay in the thick of things at the All-Star break, the second half of the season will be very interesting and I can bet there will be some sell outs. This may be there first trading deadline in a few years where we wont ship out a stud.
Well see where the Indians are at the break and what they can do to take the Central and get to the playoff for the first time since 2007. Don’t give up on this young team yet. The Pirates may have just been our break to get things rolling again.