CLEVELAND -- Vinnie Pestano came out of the trainer's room and headed to his locker following Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rangers. At the stall next to his inside the Indians' clubhouse, second baseman Jason Kipnis was surrounded by reporters
Pestano could not believe what he was hearing.
"They wanted to talk about how bad Yu Darvish was," Pestano said. "They didn't want to talk about how good our hitters' plans were against him. All they wanted to worry about was how bad the Rangers were -- not how good we were. That upset me."
The Indians entered this season believing they could contend for a spot in the postseason, and 26 games into the season, the team sits atop the American League Central standings. Cleveland took two out of the three over the weekend against the Rangers, who have reached the World Series in each of the past two seasons.
The Tribe is starting to feel that it is time for fans and reporters to start buying into the Indians.
"We expect to be able to beat good teams," Pestano said. "If we're going to go where this team wants to go, then we're going to have to beat those teams. We're going to have to go through those teams to get to the World Series. We're going to have to go through the Tigers, the Rangers, the Yankees, the Rays. The Orioles are playing really good baseball this year.
"You just never know where teams are going to come from and you can't take anybody for granted, but when a team goes to the World Series back-to-back years and they're one of the best teams in the AL, [that says something]."
Indians manager Manny Acta was encouraged by the series win over Texas.
"We're not here to make statements," Acta said. "We're here to win ballgames. But it was good, because they are probably the best team in the American League and because the last couple of years we've really had a hard time winning against them."