Indians above .500, welcome Rockies

For a road trip that started out so badly, losing two of three to both the White Sox and Twins, it sure ended on a high note, taking two of three from the first-place Padres and then sweeping the hapless Giants. Now above .500 for the first time all season (31-30), the Indians have a chance to get fat against some weaker opponents: the Colorado Rockies (21-40) are in town for a three-game series starting Tuesday, followed by a three-day visit from the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend. The Red Sox series after that will be tough but then they’ve got three more at home against the Reds.

Believe it or not, this team is still far from out of it in the Central. Sure, they’re 10.5 games behind the White Sox and 5.5 behind the Twins, but it’s still June 13 and it looks like the offense is finally starting to wake up just as the schedule offers a bit of a break. Unfortunately, the Twins close June out against the Giants, Tigers, Brewers, Royals and Devil Rays while the Sox have the D-Backs, Tigers, Royals, Devil Rays and A’s on their schedule. Still, if the Indians continue to play well in the next couple of weeks against some very beatable opponents, they could be within striking distance by the All-Star break.

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