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Cleveland Indians 2017 Season Preview



Corey Kluber put together a terrific season in 2016. He's hoping for more of the same in 2017



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 3/15/2017.


Cleveland Indians Batting Lineup


NO.
Batter
POS.
BA
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
1
Carlos Santana
1B
.259
34
87
99
99
5
2
Jason Kipnis
2B
.275
23
82
60
146
15
3
Francisco Lindor
SS
.301
15
78
57
88
19
4
Edwin Encarnacion
DH
.263
42
127
87
138
2
5
Jose Ramirez
3B
.312
11
76
44
62
22
6
Lonnie Chisenhall
RF
.286
8
57
23
70
6
7
Michael Brantley
LF
.231
0
7
3
6
1
8
Tyler Naquin
CF
.296
14
43
36
112
6
9
Yan Gomes
C
.167
9
34
9
69
0

Cleveland Indians Batting Lineup Summary: Cleveland has a very strong batting lineup. They have 8 batters in Santana, Kipnis, Lindor, Encarnacion, Ramirez, Chisenhall, Brantley, and Naquin that can be lead off bats on any other MLB team when healthy. If all 8 of those guys are healthy the Tribe will be a force. My only concern with the batting lineup is the catcher play with Yan Gomes coming off a career low season where he batted .167 and Roberto Perez his backup batted .183. I'd like to see the Cleveland Indians make an upgrade at catcher, but it appears the Indians will stick with those two catchers for the time being.



Cleveland Indians Starting Rotation


NO.
Pitcher
IP
H
ERA
BB
SO
W
L
1
Corey Kluber
215
170
3.14
57
227
18
9
2
Carlos Carrasco
146.1
134
3.32
34
150
11
8
3
Danny Salazar
137.1
121
3.87
63
161
11
6
4
Trevor Bauer
190
179
4.26
70
168
12
8
5
Josh Tomlin
174
187
4.40
20
118
13
9

Cleveland Indians Starting Rotation Summary: Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar is a deadly three man combo when all three pitchers are healthy. Both Carrasco and Salazar got placed on the DL in 2016. Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin were reliable enough in the 2016 AL Playoffs to get the Cleveland Indians to game 7 of the 2016 World Series. If Carrasco and Salazar can both stay healthy in 2017 its scary to imagine what the Cleveland Indians can accomplish.



Cleveland Indians Bullpen


NO.
Pitcher
IP
H
ERA
BB
SO
W
L
LR
Shawn Armstrong
10.2
9
2.53
5
7
0
0
LR
Cody Anderson
60.2
85
6.68
13
64
2
5
MR
Zach McCalister
52.1
53
3.44
23
54
3
2
MR
Boone Logan
46.1
27
3.69
20
57
2
5
MR
Dan Otero
70.2
51
1.53
10
53
5
1
MR
Bryan Shaw
66.2
56
3.24
28
69
2
5
SU
Andrew Miller
74.1
42
1.45
9
123
10
1
CL
Cody Allen
68
41
2.51
27
87
2
5

Cleveland Indians Bullpen Summary: The Cleveland Indians have one of the strongest bullpens in Major League Baseball. Cody Anderson entered 2016 as the #4 starter, but did so bad that he got demoted to long reliever before settling into that role. This bullpen is even more disciplined than last year when you consider that Cleveland got Andrew Miller at the trade deadline as a set up pitcher before demoting Bryan Shaw to a middle reliever role. The Cleveland Indians should take the next step in 2017.


Prediction: Cleveland has the talent to win the 2017 World Series. This team reminds me of the 2015 Kansas City Royals team that won the 2015 World Series after losing the 2014 World Series in 7 games. You see a squad that can win anywhere between 97 and 108 regular season games before winning the American League with ease. The only challenge will be defeating a team like the Chicago Cubs that beat them in 7 games last year or a team like the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cleveland took a 3-1 series lead and blew it because Chicago is 3 deep with their pitchers and the only starter Cleveland had during last years playoffs that dominated was Kluber so they were at a disadvantage. The Cleveland Indians have a chance to do something special if everyone can stay healthy. It is World Series or bust in 2017 for Cleveland after exceeding expectations in 2016.



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