Plain Dealer writer states the following;
Cleveland Indians need to take at least 2 of 3 games against Detroit Tigers, says Dennis Manoloff
No, the Cleveland Indians must enter this 3-game home stand with the division leaders with a "SWEEP" mindset.
This is the team that surprised nearly everyone in the baseball world with their fabulous start of the season as well as with their ability to stay in contention to this point.
This is the team with their top management putting on a different hat prior to the trading deadline more that a week ago. In the previous 3 seasons, they have been cleaning house of their soon to be free agent stars. Instead, they admitted that their team is a contender by making recent acquisitions to bolster that belief. Good or bad acquisitions? I applaud the front office for going for it instead of sitting pat!
This is a team that has put together a starting rotation that has kept them in not only most ballgames, but in contention for the division. The starting pitching was thought to be the weakest part of this team back when the snow was flying in Cleveland.
Detroit is thinking they need to take 2 out of 3 from us.
That is why they were trailing us most of the season until lately.
We must think 3 out of 3!
If we think 2 out of 3, we may settle for 1 out of 3.
Time is running out. It is time for this team, the team that has already exceeded expectation, to not settle for mediocrity any longer!
Manny must put the best 9 on the field, not the best rested 9 and not the best righty/lefty match-up 9, but the best 9 for this series.
Back in late April, we took 3 of 3 from Detroit at home with swagger, confidence, and yes, some late game heroics.
Take all 3 and get within 1 game at the same time!
Remember, to make the playoffs, we must win the division!