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Previewing the 2019 Cleveland Indians
On September 30th of last year, the 2018 Cleveland Indians wrapped up their regular season. It never really felt like the 2018 Indians hit their stride. The bullpen was historically horrific, the offense was inconsistent and the team never reeled off a long, galvanizing winning streak like they had during the past two seasons. Still, the Tribe had cruised to their third straight division title. The AL Central, which consists of three rebuilding teams (the Tigers, White Sox and Royals), one underachieving team (the Twins), and the Indians, never really stood a chance.
A preview of the 2017 Cleveland Indians
After coming within a run of winning their first World Series in 68 years last season, it would have been understandable if the Indians’ front office mostly stood pat. Despite all that went wrong – Michael Brantley was effectively out for the season, two starting pitchers went down injured before the playoffs, and Indians’ catchers as a whole slashed an abysmal .185/.244/.320 for the season – the 2016 Indians were on the brink.
One for the ages
Revisiting Game 7 of the 2016 World Series
It’s an unseasonably warm November night in Cleveland, Ohio. Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs, is into its second calendar day. The Indians and Cubs are the two most cursed franchises in baseball: the winner of this game sheds their curse forever; the loser adds another painful chapter. This game earned its place in history before the first pitch was even thrown, not only because of the teams involved and their baggage but because the way the Series had unfolded so far.
The unexpected first half of the 2014 Cleveland Indians
The Indians opened the unofficial second half of their season last night with a comeback 9-3 win over the Tigers. The Indians started the second half at 47-47, and despite the fact that 47-47 is only .500 and only good enough for third place, I think I’m mostly relieved, if not pleasantly surprised, at what the Indians have managed to make of their season so far. The Tribe aren’t out of it by any means, and if they’re able to reverse some of the problems they’ve had in the first half, we’ll be well on our way to another October run.
The 600 club
Last night, Jim Thome clubbed his 600th career home run into the bullpen at Comerica Park. As he rounded first base, the man who has almost 100 more home runs with the Indians than any other Indian, the man who is tied for the all-time lead in walk off home runs, the owner of the 17th- and 34th-best career OPS and OBP, respectively, and the man with the eighth most home runs in baseball history, Jim Thome simply pumped his fist in the air and ran around the bases.