Terry Francona on Indians' fourth straight 90-win season: "It's not enough"

The Indians are 90-63 on the year

James Rapien
September 20, 2019 - 12:12 am
Sep 19, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians short stop Francisco Lindor (12), left, is congratulated by first basemen Carlos Santana (41) after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Santana during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Indians have won at least 90 games in each of their last four seasons following Thursday’s 7-0 win over the Tigers.

That’s a mark they weren’t expected to hit, especially after losing Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, José Ramírez and Jason Kipnis for all or part of this season due to various injuries. 

“It’s not enough [wins],” manager Terry Francona said. “We need more. I don’t know how many more but I’m guessing we’ll need several more.”

The Indians had just beaten the Tigers for the 17th consecutive time this season and moved into a tie with Tampa Bay for the second American League wild card spot. They didn’t celebrate their accomplishment. They were happy to win, but they expected to have success.

“We won a game, but we’ve got to win every game right now,” Clevinger said.

The Indians know their margin of error is as slim as any team in the league.

They’ve dealt with their fair share of adversity, but the goal remains the same, regardless of who’s on the field.

Maybe Ramírez returns next week, but his teammates believe they can make a playoff run without him. Of course they would love him in the lineup, but they aren't sitting on their edge of their seats waiting for him to come back. The Indians know they need to focus on the task at hand. 

They didn’t blink when Kipnis was ruled out for the rest of the season. Instead, they went out and one back-to-back games without him and Franmil Reyes, who was away from the team due to a personal matter.

This Indians team isn’t going to pout or get down on itself if something doesn’t go their way. They are well aware of their flaws, but also believe they can overcome them.

Every single time adversity has been thrown their way; they’ve had a positive response.

This season has been a roller coaster for the Tribe. They’ve had their ups and downs, but found a way to battle back and stay in the hunt. No one knows if they’re going to make the playoffs, but one thing is certain: every game is going to be interesting from now until the end of the season.