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Indians President Chris Antonetti Speaks to the Media on Numerous Topics; Five Takeaways

5. On the Indians Being a Better Team in the Second Half of the Season

Last season the Indians were treading water with a half game lead over the Twins when a second half team meeting really seemed to re-focus the group and get them going in the right direction again.

On July 19th the team was 48-45 when they took the field, and by the time the regular season was over they sat at 101-60, meaning that they won 53 and lost 15 in their final 68 games, with the obvious 22-game win streak sprinkled in that run.

“We don’t plan for that, we try to win as many games as quickly as we can, and as frequently as we can,” Antonetti said.

“It’s an encouraging to note that we have that backdrop and that this group of guys under Tito has typically played its best baseball in the second half.”

This season there’s a long way to go with the team at 39-33 and six games over .500, but as Antonetti pointed out, having the reputation of being a team that always plays well in the second half of the season.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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