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I think that the Tribe will be very competitive and prosper once again under the leadership of Francona. I really like the guy and I think the Indians want to play for him. As far as a winning lineup is concerned, I believe that the Indians have a decent chance to compete on a pretty even playing field in their division and can make the play-offs and beyond.
It all comes down to pitching. Four decent starters that can get you 14-16 wins each and a bullpen that can come in and shut down teams in the 8th and 9th innings. Good pitching negates the necessity to score 8 or 9 runs a game. Five should be plenty. Detroit better watch out. The Tribe is for real.
The Tribe announced yesterday that Charles Nagy will be joining the Indians staff this season in an unspecified roll. Obviously will be working with the pitching staff in someway. Also, there will be a Jim Thome statue reveled outside Progressive Field on Saturday August 2nd before first pitch with the Texas Rangers.
It'll be very interesting to see what happens with the tribe this year, hopefully they make the playoffs. To do this I think they'll need just a little more in the bullpen, but everything else I think is pretty solid.
Cleveland will definitely be a club to watch this season. I have several departed friends who hopefully will have great seats well above the upper deck at Progressive this season. (I still want to make it clear that I will be rooting like crazy for the Tigers), but if the Tribe should win the Division and go on to a Series triumph, I will be happy for those guys who have waited so very long for a ride like the one that may be right on the horizon...
Agreed. The Tribe needs those three in the fold. Particularly Masterson.
Kipnis and Santana, (the new third baseman?) are important also but you can never have too much pitching. Things certainly look much better than they did a year ago. One game isn't that much to make up.
One of the questions is, has Detroit matched Cleveland in off season dealings. I'm not sure. We will soon begin to see for ourselves...