Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Going 26-8 over the remaining 34 games would leave the Cleveland Indians with a .500 record. To sit at .500 is to sit in mediocrity, though. Why not aim for 27-7?
Well, winning is great and fans can look back at a strong finish in hopes that the 2013 season will bring hope. Unfortunately, hope falls apart, as evidenced by the Indians fall from first place the last two seasons.
The benefit of not being good is the ability to draft better talent. Right now, the Indians would get a top-five pick in the 2013 draft. With all due respect to Tyler Naquin, the Indians' 2012 first-round pick, the Indians are awful at drafting top talent.
Jeremy Guthrie, Michael Aubrey, Jeremy Sowers, Trevor Crowe, David Huff and Beau Mills were the Indians' first-round picks from 2002 through 2007. Lonnie Chisenhall and Francisco Lindor get more time, but the Indians have traded Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, the remaining top picks since 2007.
It won't hurt any less if the Indians get a top-five pick and manage to squander it, as they seem to do each year, by taking the "safe" and "signable" pick; however, if you reach for the talent and get a highly-ranked player, the chances are better.
Regardless, winning is great. It could salvage the season to get to .500, but it isn't realistic, either. Especially when the Indians have a .256 winning percentage since the All-Star break.
So, if winning isn't going to salvage the season, would losing and a lot and getting a better pick a better option?
The Indianapolis Colts may say so.