Here and now: Indians focused on strong finish

Here and now: Indians focused on strong finish

Here and now: Indians focused on strong finish
CLEVELAND -- The time will come for the Indians to sit back, examine what went wrong this year and plan for how to tackle the issues over the winter. General manager Chris Antonetti believes the club's focus right now should be on the rest of this season.

That was Antonetti's message on Friday, when he met with reporters at Progressive Field to discuss a second straight disappointing road trip for the reeling ballclub. The Indians returned home on the heels of a 1-8 trip through Anaheim, Oakland and Seattle and have won just four games in their past 25 contests.

"We will look long and hard for ways we can improve the team," Antonetti said. "But right now, the important thing is focusing on the balance of the season. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves. It's not time yet to look to the offseason.

"We still have an important six weeks left in the season, and we need to make the most out of those six weeks."

Dating back to July 27, Cleveland (54-70) has tumbled from 3 1/2 games out of first place in the American League Central to three games ahead of the Twins (51-73) for the worst record in the league. The Tribe entered Friday's tilt with the Yankees riding an eight-game losing streak, after having suffered an 11-game slide earlier this month.

This is only the third time in franchise history that the Indians have had multiple losing streaks consisting of at least eight games in a single season. Cleveland also accomplished that dubious feat in 1969 and 1987.

"We're obviously all collectively disappointed with where we are right now," Antonetti said. "No one is more disappointed them myself, the coaching staff and the players. The reality is there is nothing we can do about what's happened to the season to date, but there's a lot we can do about it going forward.

"That's where our focus is right now: 'How can we make the most of the last six weeks of the season?' It's an important six weeks. It's an important six weeks for every guy on the roster, and it's an important six weeks for our organization. We need to be in a better spot at the end of the year than we are right now."