Despite playing some of their best baseball since the beginning of the year, there are even brighter days ahead for the Indians (Get it? Because the picture is dark? OK, I'll stop trying to be funny).
Lonnie Chisenhall entered the season and Cleveland's top prospect, but has not played like it—yet.
Chisenhall only holds a .231 BA and has only belted three home runs, but he has shown flashes of his bright future and could get hot any day to help bolster Cleveland's offense.
In addition, Carmona has been pitching better since returning from the DL, as evidenced by his aforementioned 2.51 ERA in that span. Carlos Carrasco can also return from the DL and bolster the rotation or the bullpen if he can find his June form.
Don't forget about September call-ups either. When rosters expand at the end of the month, a flood of prospects will get their taste of action in Cleveland. While Detroit does not have much of a farm system, Cleveland's has a lot of quality talent that is major league ready, mostly in the bullpen.
Nick Hagadone, acquired from the Boston Red Sox in the Victor Martinez deal, is a southpaw reliever that consistently hits the high 90s. He has definite closer potential and Vinnie Pestano shows that rookie relievers can make an immediate impact.
On the offensive side of things, Nick Johnson can come in and provide some solid bench power and play first base to rest Matt LaPorta along with our eyes from having to see Carlos Santana's sometimes atrocious play there.
One player to look out for in September is possible call-up Jerad Head. The 28-year-old career minor leaguer is having his best season and this could be his only chance at a promotion.
Head is a corner outfielder with pop—exactly what the Indians were dying for at the trade deadline. Head has a .282/.336/.525 slash line at Triple-A Columbus and 23 home runs. He might not be an every day player, but he could definitely contribute to the club.