September is for the race to get into the MLB postseason. Well, it is for four of the six divisional races that are within five games. Or for the three American League teams vying for the two wild card slots. And especially for the five National League teams vying for their two wild card spots and all within 2.5 games. The 2018 Cleveland Indians though are up by 13 games in the AL Central and are back 6.5 games from the Houston Astros for ALDS home field advantage. Playing in the ALDS without homefield advantage as the No. 3 seed in the AL is pretty much locked in.
Do not believe that makes the next month of baseball boring though. As rosters expand to 40 (from 25), the Tribe has to ensure they are prepared to be peaking for their October appearance. Health and performance must factor equally. As such, there have been recent trends by players– both good and bad– worth tracking to see what happens through September. What the Indians show over the next four-plus weeks might affect whether or not their 2018 postseason run mirrors the fun of 2016 or the disappointment of 2017.1
So, what are you tracking this last month?