CLEVELAND -- The Indians are trying not to worry too much about the crowded field at the top of the American League Central or in the Wild Card race. All they need to be concerned with is the deficit in the standings.
"To me it's the amount of games," manager Manny Acta said. "I mean, we're four games out. That's the way we look at it whether there's two or five in front of us."
Entering Thursday's tilt against Detroit, Cleveland sat four games behind the first-place Tigers and White Sox in the division. The Tribe was also four games out in the Wild Card pack, which includes nine teams in position to make the postseason or within five games of one of the two available spots.
The path to the playoffs might not be ideal, but Acta reminds that it is not impossible.
"We still have two months of baseball to play," he said. "We're going to play [the Tigers and White Sox], and they're going to play each other, too. We just have to try to take care of ourselves and win some games. We consider ourselves fortunate to be just four games out while playing .500 baseball at the end of July."
With the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming on Tuesday, the next few games could play a role in how the Indians approach trade talks. They have a handful of needs, but they still feel that any success they have will mostly rest on the team currently in place.
"We continue to feel we have a very talented roster that's capable of competing within our division," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "But, as we've said for a number of weeks, I think the most important thing for us is for us to play to our ability, and for the guys that are already here to do that.
"Now, we'll continue to look for ways to add to it, and to supplement that group, but no one or two players that come in externally -- whether that's now or whether that's in the offseason -- is going to dictate our success. It's going to be about the guys that are here."