For the Cleveland Indians, this season has been a tale of two months.
There was April, a time where wins were few, blunders were plenty, and run support for ace Corey Kluber was merely just a fun concept which never actually came to fruition.
After this came May, where the Tribe started turning things around, the starting rotation became a top-ten unit and Jason Kipnis went scorched earth on any and all opposing pitchers.
The first month was full of losses, the next had many more victories. And yet, in mid-June, Cleveland is still just barely out of the AL Central cellar. The Indians sit eight games out of first place, and still have yet to find any sort of consistency. The high offseason expectations still hang over the club as fans wait to see when this sleeper contender is actually going to wake up for good.
One move the team had been expected to make at some point this season — one which people saw as a potential turning point — was the call-up of top prospect Francisco Lindor. #FreeLindor has been running wild on Twitter for over a year now, and last weekend, the move was finally made.
Lindor, along with hot-hitting Giovanny Urshela, are now up in the big leagues. The temptation to make these moves permeated through the first two months of the Indians’ season. Now that these two are part of the team, it’s time for Cleveland to go on a run.