Cleveland Indians 2016 Season
4 (whoops, now the 5th) , 2016
Record: 85-77, 2nd in AL Central, no playoffs
The read on the Indians, for the second straight year, is all over the place. Conventional wisdom seems to be that they would be in a good position if they get to the playoffs, because their rotation is so damn solid. The issue is, of course, scoring enough runs to get there. (And stopping enough runs, but Francisco Lindor's full season should be enough to help.) Can they do it? Could we possibly see a torture series between the Cubs and Indians? Let's just hope so.
Pitching keeps the Indians in the hunt throughout most of the season. However, the offense will not generate enough runs to keep us in the games where the pitching falters. It's a long season though, and you never know what can happen.
The Tribe's pitching will keep them in the playoff race, but question marks and injuries at several positions make it difficult to consider them a serious contender.
Our baseball club is finally free of Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, and the dead weight and bad karma that accompanied their silly attitudes and contracts. Also gone is Spin Dr. Shapiro, who became famous for his silence when the club was struggling, and his opportunistic tweets after the mildest success. Feeling fresh and frisky all season, the Indians manufacture a spot in the one-game playoff.
They will have the same success as Donald Trump, which is to say a glorious rise to prominence, like a golden eagle soaring through a bright and hopeful sky of magnificence.
The pitching staff and Lindor's energy puts this team in first place. The presence of Bill Selby at Opening Day also probably has something to do with it. I do, however predict a loss in the ALCS, but am hopeful it leads to many good years ahead.
Record: 83-79, 2nd in AL Central, no playoffs
The Tribe will tread water all summer and miss the playoffs... again.