Cleveland fans were in heaven last year. The Cavilers won the NBA finals, and the Indians won the AL pennant. The one dark spot was the Browns, who went 1-15, but I do not believe anyone was surprised by that outcome, most people were excited that they actually won over the Chargers. However, that did not make last year an entire disappointment, even though the Indians lost in the World Series, many Cleveland fans experienced more victories than they have for a long time. This year could be different, and the Indians have a legit chance of winning the World Series, you do not see how? Well, lets analyze this further…
Favorites to win the AL Central Division
Before he get into the reasons on why the Indians could win the World Series, they have to make it to the playoffs. This should not be hard for the reigning central division champions, because the Central is a very weak division. The Tigers are average this season, the Royals are rebuilding and the others are not there yet. So the Indians most likely win the division, which means they will be one of ten teams to win the World Series, but why are they a favorite to win the World Series? Here is why…
Great Starting Rotation
They have had Corey Kluber, who is one of the best pitchers in the league. Then add in Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, and Trevor Bauer, and the Indians have a solid rotation. Kluber is the best, but Carrasco, and Salazar have a below 4 ERA. If they can stay healthy, they can have one of the most consistent starting pitching in the league.
Improved batting lineup
The Indians added Edwin Encarnacion, who is an amazing hitter. He will add a lot of power to this lineup. Encarnacion will be the Indians best hitter, and guess who is coming back from injury for the Indians? Michael Brantley, who from 2014-2015 had a .319 average and had 35 home runs. Brantley had been one of the best players for the Indians in the past, and he will add even more talent to this talent-filled team.
The Indians won the Pennant last year, and they have only improved this year. It would not be unrealistic to believe that the Indians could be one of the favorites to win the 2017 World Series.
Well, there you have, fellow Sports Reaction’ists, and remember, be the best sports fan you can be.
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