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Indians still in the hunt for a playoff spot

Ray Robinson | 8/27/2013, 3:53 p.m.

With only a few weeks left until the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs, our beloved Indians are sharpening up their knives and looking to carve things up as they fight to grab a wild-card spot, backing their way into the postseason.

This, even after a rollercoaster ride that has included an overload of injuries, ice cold bats, red-hot lumber, slides into first base, winning streaks, losing streaks, beat-downs, let downs and a tad bit more.

Right now though, those darn Indians are right in the thick of it all, and everyone on the team seems to be a part of the excitement. We’ve won the games we were supposed to win and we lost to teams that are realistically better teams than our current roster of youngsters.

Still, these guys are warriors.

The pitching staff has come on like gangbusters of late, and have kept the boys in contention. Our ace, Justin Masterson, has been both masterful and awful all at the same time. The bullpen has exploded and imploded, giving Tribe fans near heart attacks in the late innings of games. Bats that have been silent far too long have been making a bunch of noise and hitting home runs, too.

At press, the Indians are 5 ½ games behind the Detroit Tigers and holding on. Detroit single-handedly knocked the Indians for a loop when they stole a four-game series from the Indians earlier in the month. And to make matters worse, they did it right here in our own backyard. We have yet to recover from the black eye that they gave us.

They hit a dead spot between late May and early June, where then went 4-16. They never gave up hope. Although many fans, journalists and radio announcers did. They kept their heads about themselves, going 15-5 over the next 20 games, saving face and hopefully their season.

The Indians have already topped their total win record from last year and still have their heels dug in. They begin a six-game road trip, starting with a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves. The all-time record between the two teams is 3-3. The two clubs last played against one another in 2007.

The game will be played at Turner Field with the first pitch at 7:10 p.m.