The Cleveland Indians were able to end the first half of the season with an unexpected day off due to constant rain in Northeast Ohio.
Fans who saw the news of the postponement may have noticed the team has now scheduled a doubleheader with the Kansas City Royals for September 20.
Those keeping track of other cancellations this year know the week of September 20 is now jam-packed with games.
First Doubleheader In September
What was scheduled as a three-game series against the Royals has turned into a four-game series in three nights.
And it begins on a Monday immediately after a three-game series on the road against the New York Yankees.
September 20 is the day of the doubleheader and it will hopefully come at a time when the Indians are fighting for a playoff spot.
The Royals should also be focusing on developing young talent at that point, which could end up being a huge bonus for the Indians.
A four-game sweep near the end of the season?
That is a great way to make up some ground before arguably the most important series of the year that happens to immediately follow this one.
Today's game against the Royals has been postponed and rescheduled as a traditional doubleheader on Monday, September 20 starting at 5:10 PM.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 11, 2021
Second Doubleheader In September
The Indians wrap up the series with the Royals and immediately welcome the Chicago White Sox to town for a five-game set.
The series begins with a doubleheader Thursday, September 23, and runs through Sunday.
We are talking about five games against the only competitive rival remaining in the division.
So as long as the Indians are within five games of the lead, they still have a chance before the series begins.
Even if the deficit is more, another week of play is still to follow after the series.
This week of baseball will see the Indians play nine total games from Monday through Sunday.
An off day follows Monday September 27, which will allow fans and the organization to see the final results after the whirlwind week.
The key for fans in the meantime is to solely focus on the loss column in the standings.
Having makeup games means the Indians are able to pick up a half-game with any win on a day when the White Sox aren’t playing.
So if the Indians are down a few wins but close in the loss column, that is the important thing to remember.
Yes, we are still only in July and the All-Star break is about to begin.
But it is exciting to know the Indians are getting healthy again and have so many games packed into the end of the schedule.
Indians rotation out of the All-Star break:
— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) July 11, 2021
These doubleheaders will hopefully be played with a fully healthy squad still fighting for a playoff spot.
So until the Indians are fully healthy again, let’s pray for rain.