Despite the controversial name, the Indians are one of the founding members of the American League. Their team name was inspired by Louis Sockalexis, a Native American who played for the Cleveland Spiders. The franchise has seven division titles and five AL Pennants but have one of the longest World Series title droughts in the majors. After dominating the AL Central for the latter half of the 90s, the Indians have been an up-and-down franchise but are recently on the upswing and gamblers look to ride the wave!
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Cleveland Indians Record
1920 marked the Cleveland Indians’ first World Series and 1948 was their last. They set an AL record 72.1 percent winning rate in 1954 but lost the World Series. For forty years, the Indians missed the post season but returned with a vengeance in 1995 where they had their best season since 1954 though they would again lose the World Series. 2007 marks the last time they won the division and 2013, is the last time they made the postseason.
The Indians used to rule the AL Central way back in the late 90s. They have since only won it twice in the 2000s. In 2015, they finished third in the division and had a winning record but only won 42.6 percent of their division games and lost all their series. In order for the Indians to find more success, they’ll have to return to dominate the division like their older incarnations did.
It’s hard to top a 1-2 punch of Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco as far as starting pitchers are concerned but the Indians have one of the best rotations in the majors. The bullpen is decent and the lineup can match the best in the division on their best days. The Indians have it all on paper but will have to remain healthy and stave off the bad luck that has plagued them since their last World Series.
The Indians may have an outside chance to win the World Series. On paper, they have a complete team with few weaknesses: strong pitching, powerful batting and some low-key additions to plug in their holes. But this has been said about the Indians in years’ past and for some reason they just can’t put it all together. As obvious as it is to say, this team will only go as far as they perform to their best.