Cleveland Indians Season Preview

Last Season

91-71 1st Place in AL Central

Last year the Indians won the division for the third straight time. They once again lost in the ALDS, this time to the Houston Astros. The Indians were led by Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez who both had career years. If you add in Edwin Encarnacion, the Indians had 3 players that hit over 32 home runs last year. The starting pitchers once again had a very strong year, led by Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer who both had sub 3.00 ERAs. While the starters had a very good year, the relievers struggled to both stay healthy and pitch well at the end of games. While it appears that the talent level of the Indians has decreased, they are still a favorite in the rebuilding AL central.  

Strengths for 2019

The biggest strength for the Cleveland Indians in 2019 will be their starting pitching once again. The staff returns all five pitchers from last year with Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, and Carlos Carrasco leading the way. All three will be capable of keeping ERA’s under 3.00 for the entire season, which will make up for a bullpen that is untested and unproven in late game situations.

Weaknesses for 2019

The biggest weakness for the Cleveland Indians will once again be the bullpen. They lose Andrew Miller and Cody Allen who have been mainstays for the last few years, but return Brad Hand who finished the year as closer. The Indians will look to Adam Cimber and Tyler Clippard to sure up the back end of the bullpen. The team may look to add at the trade deadline to improve the current situation.

Prospects to watch for

The Cleveland Indians do not have one of the deepest farm systems, but they do have a couple players that should help them this season. Triston Mckenzie could help in the rotation if any injuries occur. The hitters to watch for are 1B Bobby Bradley and 3B Yu Chang. If Jake Bauers struggles to start the season Bradley could push him for playing time. While Chang is blocked by Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor, he could switch to 2B and push Jason Kipnis to the OF or a Utility role.

Projected Lineup

  1. SS Francisco Lindor
  2. 2B Jason Kipnis
  3. 3B Jose Ramirez
  4. DH Carlos Santana
  5. 1B Jake Bauers
  6. OF Greg Allen
  7. OF Tyler Naquin
  8. OF Leonys Martin
  9. C Roberto Perez

Pitching Rotation

  • SP Corey Kluber
  • SP Trevor Bauer
  • SP Carlos Carrasco
  • SP Mike Clevinger
  • SP Shane Beiber
  • RP Brad Hand
  • RP Adam Cimber
  • RP Tyler Clippard

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