Wild-card playoff hypothetical
Let's say the Tribe takes three of four against the Twins. A 9-1 finish would give Cleveland a 91-71 record, which would likely give it one of the two wild-card spots in the American League.
Let's also say the Indians' 91-71 record is enough to secure the first wild-card spot. That would give the Tribe a home game in a one-game playoff to advance to the divisional round.
Which would bring us to the elephant in the room, fan attendance at Indians' home games. Would a one-game playoff be a sellout at Progressive Field. I'd like to think so, but my head tells me no way.
Average attendance for Indians' home games has been a shade under 20,000. To expect 22,000 more to show up? That's a tough sell.
It will be interesting to see what happens if the above scenario unfolds. Maybe everyone - teams, the media and critics - needs to realize this might be a new era of fandom. Staying home, ordering a pizza and watching the game on a 50-inch HD TV can be just as enjoyable as being there in person.
Fans have choices. That's the reality.
- Mark Podolski | @mpodo