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Things were going pretty well for the Cleveland Indians with less than a month left in the season.

It was Labor Day, and history knows that is when things start to get really serious. Yes, this season is a bit different given that it's only a 60-game season, but still. The ball club was in fine shape. 

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Sep 15, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Cameron Maybin (15) celebrates game winning RBI against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field.

Now, well, things aren't going so well and we'll get to that. Let's set the table. 

Here were the standings after the action on Sept. 7 (Labor Day) in the AL Central, among the 2020 Big Three:

  • Chicago, 26-15

    Cleveland, 26-15

  • Minnesota, 26-17, 1 GB
  • Sure, it was gonna be a dog fight, but with second place a guaranteed spot in the top six AL seeds and the top wild card most likely coming from this division, it felt like the worst one of these three teams could do was the seven seed with the one being possible. 

    Things have changed quite a bit in the ensuing few weeks. 

    Tuesday, the Tribe dropped a game in walk-off fashion after back-to-back hit batsmen: 

    Wednesday, it was a Javier Baez single in the 10th. 

    Pitcher Phil Maton's reaction (around the 1:05 mark of the video) says it all, doesn't it? 

    Circling back to the Labor Day win by Cleveland? It hasn't won since. That's eight straight losses. It is the longest losing streak the franchise has suffered since 2013, when it also lost eight in a row. The longest losing streak by the club in the wild card era is 11, which happened in 2012 (via stathead). 

    The AL Central now looks like this: 

  • Chicago, 32-17
  • Minnesota, 31-20, 2 GB
  • Cleveland, 26-23, 6 GB
  • As for the wild card race? With the Yankees' recent surge, the Blue Jays hold a half-game advantage over the Indians for the seven seed, meaning Cleveland went from being a top-seed hopeful to the final playoff spot in a manner of eight games. The eight spot should be secure, though the Mariners are within striking range if things continue to go this badly for the Tribe. 

    Regardless, if things don't get worked out soon, the playoffs are likely to end up as a two-game sweep against the one seed.

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    By Stephanie Nebehay

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Income earned from work worldwide dropped by an estimated 10.7%, or $3.5 trillion, in the first nine months of 2020, compared to the same period a year ago, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday.

    The figure, which does not include income support provided by governments to compensate for workplace closures during the pandemic, is equal to 5.5% of global gross domestic product (GDP) for the first three quarters of 2019, it said.

    "Workplace closures continue to disrupt labour markets around the world, leading to working hour losses that are higher than previously estimated," the ILO said in its sixth report on the effects of the pandemic on the world of work.

    Workers in developing and emerging economies, especially those in informal employment, had been affected to a much greater extent than in past crises, the United Nations agency said. It added that a decline in employment numbers had generally been greater for women than men.

    "Just as we need to redouble our efforts to beat the virus, so we need to act urgently and at scale to overcome its economic, social and employment impacts. That includes sustaining support for jobs, businesses and incomes," ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in a statement.

      In the second quarter alone, the revised estimate of global working time lost was 17.3%, equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs, against a previous estimate of 14% or 400 million jobs, the report said.

    In the third quarter, working-hour losses of 12.1% or equivalent to 345 million jobs were expected, it said.

    "Moreover, revised projections for the fourth quarter suggest a bleaker outlook than previously estimated," it said.

    Working hours losses in the final quarter of 2020 are now projected to amount to 8.6%, equivalent to 245 million full-time jobs, against the same time a year ago, the ILO said.

    (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Toby Chopra)

    Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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