2020 Cleveland Indians Schedule Preview

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2020 Cleveland Indians Schedule
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 08: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians is mobbed by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on May 8, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians won 5-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Now that MLB has released its schedule for the shortened 2020 MLB season, we finally get a look into what this upcoming schedule campaign will look like for the Cleveland Indians.

On Monday, the 2020 MLB schedules were released. That means Amidst a global pandemic and public outcry for a name change, the Tribe are looking to compete for an AL Central title and postseason appearance. 

2020 Cleveland Indians Schedule Preview: Diving Right In

The Indians will be playing a lot of baseball early on this season. They open up with 17 straight game days with 9 of those games being on the road. However, they have three off days over the following eight days. It’s a bit of a bizarre start to the season, but those off days will be well-appreciated. 

All but four of those games will be against AL Central rivals, with a four-game stint against the Reds mixed in. Cleveland does open the season with five straight home games, starting with a match up against the Kansas City Royals on the 24th. Usually the opening series of a season doesn’t weigh much into the grand scheme of the season. This year, however, a good start is more important than ever with only a 60-game season. The Indians need to win the games they are supposed to, and those first three games against the Royals are all winnable. 

Toughest Stretch

The hardest portion of the Indians’ schedule may very well be in that first 17-game stretch. They have a four-game set in Minnesota, who won the AL Central in 2019 and added even more this offseason. The following four-game series against the Reds has two in Cleveland and two in Cincinnati. The “Ohio Cup” tends to be competitive year in and year out. They conclude this stretch with a three-game set in Chicago against the much-improved White Sox. If Cleveland can even stay at .500 or better through this, they’ll put themselves in a great spot moving forward. 

Have to Finish

One big reason this team missed out on October last year was because of poor play down the stretch. They lost six of their last eight games, including the final five. That can’t happen again this year and they know it. Over their final 10 games, they start with four in Detroit against the lowly Tigers. They come back home for four against the White Sox and three against the Pirates. I don’t like to play the record-game here, they just need to dominate. 

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