2015 AL Central Division Preview

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3.  Cleveland Indians 88-74

The Tribe pushed hard last year to compete for the final wild card playoff spot and will find themselves on the outside looking in again this year. They will give the Tigers and White Sox all sorts of fits in the race to the postseason and will in hang in there through September.  Key September match ups against the Tigers and White Sox and a last series against the Red Sox will be the difference in them making it to the post season again this year.

The Tribe have no major losses  and that will most definitely help them in their 2015 campaign.  Cleveland had two outstanding performances from Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley last year. Brantley will struggle this year to turn in the same head turning performance that he did in 2014.

The pitching staff and bullpen will be consistent as will the bats. Look for Brandon Moss to contribute this year and make a difference in many games. Their defense was abysmal and will lose them too many games again this year. The ever aging Nick Swisher won’t add much as designated hitter and Ryan Raburn will toggle in the outfield and DH not providing much either except for his occasional Tiger killing game he has.

The Tribe is just about two players from winning the Central Division. Sorry boys – 2016 maybe