Hooley: A Tribe win, but does it mean they're OK

The Klubot delivers, but what comes next?

The Indians broke a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday night on 1057 The Zone.

Cory Kluber did what an ace should do -- prevent his team's skid from getting worse.

The Indians offense was opportunistic in striking for two unearned runs against Sonny Gray in the first, two more on a timely Jan Gomes double and another on a Francisco Lindor homer.

All that is great.

But now what?

The Tribe faces an August from Haddes, with 26 games in the remaining 27 days this month.

They'll play six opponents -- all Top 3 in their division -- who are collectively more than 30 games over .500.

Andrew Miller is on the DL.

Josh Tomlin is on the DL.

And I'm supposed to believe that the Indians will distance themselves in the AL Central in a month where they will play 6 more games against the Yankees, 6 against the Royals, 4 at Tampa, 5 more against Boston and 2 against the Rockies.

 Sure, you can say, "Hey, didn't the Indians just win nine in a row? What are you worried about?"

They did.

They are also 11-8 since the All-Star Break, which typifies the inconsistency the Indians have shown all year.

If they can come out of August in place, I'll feel much better about them.

Right now, I'm skeptical this team will be able to recapture its magic from last season and return to the World Series.


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