ARLINGTON — It seemed like avoiding their first losing season since 2012 was a longshot for the Indians as they departed for their last road trip of the year on Tuesday. But the team did its best to make it come down to the wire.
Ultimately, the Indians learned their fate for the 2021 season on Saturday night at Globe Life Field, falling to the Rangers, 7-2. The club needed to win both Saturday and Sunday’s games to finish the year with a .500 record. Instead, the best Cleveland can do is go 80-82, marking the team’s first losing season of the Terry Francona era in Northeast Ohio.
“Everybody’s goal out there is to go out and win the game,” Indians starter Triston McKenzie said. “I feel like we all put a little extra pressure on ourselves to go out there and try to keep streaks alive and set records and stuff like that. But it is what it is, and I feel like the guys went out there and did their job behind me, so I was very happy with it.”
Francona took over as the Indians manager in 2013 and picked up 673 wins through the end of the 2020 season — the most of any Major League manager in that span. He led his team to the top of the American League Central from 2016-18, while securing the organization’s first AL pennant in 19 years in ’16.…