At the end of May 2011, the Cleveland Indians were 32-20, having won 18 of 26 in April, jumping out to an early lead in the AL Central. Then...June and July brought misery for Tribe fans, as they watched the division lead disappear in the midst of a 21-32 record, as the team faded to an 80-82, second place finish.
This season, Cleveland is again in first place early, posting a solid 23-18 record (as of Sunday night), leading the Chicago White Sox by 3.5 games. However, on May 31st of 2011, the Indians were five games up and they ended the season 15 games back. So, besides winning more games and beating teams that they look better than on paper, how can the Cleveland Indians avoid another embarrassing collapse?