The Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 behind the pitching of Ubaldo Jimenez to clinch one of two AL Wild Card spots. The Tribe has peaked at the right time winning 10 in a row and went 21-5 in the month of September.
Entering September, the Indians had lost five in a row. They were eight and half games back of the Tigers and four and a half back of the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card standings. But Terry Francona kept things steady. The Indians rose to the occasion and clinched a wild card spot just as I predicted they would.
Cleveland will host either the Tampa Bay Rays or the Texas Rangers on Wednesday evening to determine the AL Wild Card champion. Both the Rays and Rangers have identical 91-71 records and will face each other tomorrow night. Both teams finished strong. After losing 15 out of 20 games in September, the Rangers have won seven in a row while the Rays won 8 of their last 10 games. Tomorrow night’s game will be in Arlington. Rookie Martin Perez will get the ball for the Rangers while reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price will start for the Rays. This should be a very good game. October cannot begin soon enough.