Big Jolt: Comeback Win May Have Saved Indians' Season

Eric LawheadCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Grady Sizemore #24 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 19, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Sure, they are only on a three-game winning streak, but the 10-run, come from behind, win over Tampa Bay at home may have been just the thing to get the Cleveland Indians back on track.

The Tribe was a miserable 17-28 going into the series against the defending American League Champions. The bullpen was one of the worst in baseball, and they couldn't trust the $10 million man, Kerry Wood, to get a save if the world depended on it.

After the first three games of the Tampa series, however, they are scoring runs like people thought they could early and have gotten to within shouting distance of the first-place Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.

Hold on.

Now, let's not get too crazy and say they are going to go off and win the World Series or anything. But think about what this team is really capable of.

The Indians have one of the best all-around players in Grady Sizemore. They have the second-best hitting catcher in Victor Martinez (behind the Twins' Joe Mauer). They have one of the most productive utility players in the game in DeRosa.

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And every fifth day, they get to roll out one of the best pitchers in the game in Cliff Lee.

Asdrubal Cabrera is looking very good at the plate and the starting rotation, though shaky at times, isn't killing them.

This division is up for grabs, with the Indians just seven-and-a-half games back of Detroit for the divisional lead. It's only the end of May, so there is still plenty of baseball left.

Looking forward, Cleveland gets the Yankees and former Indian C.C. Sabathia in a wrap-around series. Then it's nine games against division teams, as they hit the road for series against the Twins and White Sox before heading back home to tussle with the Royals.

Those series in the division should give Indians fans a good indication on whether the team will compete for the rest of the year.

After that, the squad plays 15 against teams from the National League.

That comeback win could be that jolt the Indians needed heading into the month of June. No one is running away with the division as of yet, and if Sizemore bounces back with a monster June, the Tribe could take off with him.