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3 Things the Cleveland Indians Must Do to Make the Playoffs in 2013
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The Tribe has been very streaky over the season's first 90 games.

If the first 90 games of the 2013 MLB season have taught us anything about the Cleveland Indians, it’s that they are streaky.

After beginning the season with modest expectations in the national media despite an impressive offseason overhaul, the Tribe slumped to an 8-13 start. They then won 18 of the next 22, lost 16 of the next 20, won 15 of the next 20 and then lost five of their last seven.

This inconsistency has left many Tribe fans teetering between extremes of delusion, mired in a glass half-full, half-empty conundrum. There are occasions when the team’s play is downright infuriating, and other times when it looks like it can’t be beat.

In what appears to be a seemingly inescapable twist of fate, the Indians find themselves in the same position in 2013 that they’ve been in the past three seasons. Once again, they have played solid baseball the first two months of the season, only to potentially fold under the pressure of elevated expectations.

After peaking at 30-15 in 2011 and 26-18 in 2012, the Indians stood at 26-17 on May 20 of this season. Since then, they’ve gone a lackluster 21-26.

If the Tribe hopes to buck that rather unpleasant trend which left their previous two seasons in despair, they must do the following three things to salvage their 2013 campaign.

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