DETROIT -- When a team has a historically bad month as the Indians did in August, there's not many positives to take from it. But manager Manny Acta is trying to look on the brighter side, which is easier with the team beginning September with a 3-1 record.
During his pregame session with the media, Acta was asked to look back on how he thought his players handled it, and how he thought they have moved forward from it.
"I think as a team they handled it OK," Acta said. "A few guys, individually, it was very rough on them and obviously it took a toll on them mentally. But hey, that's part of developing character.
"We talked to them about it, and hopefully it helps them down the road. They've gone through it already. And hopefully the next time it happens they're able to draw from those experiences."
Acta, in his third year as Cleveland's manager, was asked how he thought he handled it.
"It was hard on me, but I can handle that stuff because I'm not a player," he said. "Forty-something years old, I've been through rebuilding processes before. I mean, it's never easy, but the main job is just for you to try to keep everybody else around you upbeat and try to make them believe in what you're believing."
And what the Indians are believing right now is that they can play spoiler and have a say in who wins the division between the Tigers and White Sox. Including Wednesday's game, 10 of their final 26 are against the two clubs.