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Tribe still alive for playoff spot

Ray Robinson | 9/25/2013, 11:14 a.m.

The reality of the Cleveland Indians making the 2013 playoffs seems to be coming more and more apparent as they continue to pile up the wins.

Over the weekend, the Tribe kept pounding and pounding away at the Houston Astros, who were visiting Progressive Field, until Cleveland completed a sweep Houston, and moved a step closer to gaining access to the postseason.

At this juncture in the season, other games also have implications that could both help and hurt the Indians’ chances. One good stroke of luck over the weekend that helped the Tribe was the fact that Kansas City beat Texas. With the Tribe winning and Texas losing, it gave the Indians a 1 ½ game lead over Texas for the second wild-card spot.

Tampa Bay has a stranglehold on the first spot as they defeated Baltimore.

With just six games left in the regular season, the Indians and their fans are wide-eyed and peering at the prize on the shelf.

Fortunately, the Indians currently are battling the Chicago White Sox, whom they have beaten 15 times this year out of the 17 times that the two teams have met. They have beaten them 12 straight times and are hoping that the streak can continue.

They have been successful this month, going 15-6 (prior to Tuesday’s game) and have taken 9 of the last 11.

Tribe manager, Terry Francona, is keeping his head and hopes up during the race to the finish line. “We’re just trying to go out night in and night out and play the best baseball that we can play,” he spouted after Sunday’s 9-2 win. “If we continue to do that, we will certainly be in a better position to get into the playoffs.”

The sweep of the Astros was the team’s sixth four-game series sweep this year. The last time that the team achieved this feat was in 1954. This year the Tribe swept Chicago, Oakland, Seattle and Houston.

After playing the White Sox, the team travels to Minnesota to play the Twins for a four-game series that will end the regular season.