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3 Reasons the Indians Will Win the AL Central And Make a Deep Playoff Run

1.) Pitching Survives With Additions of Kluber and possibly Carrasco in the Near Future

The Cleveland Indians faced adversity early into the 2019 season but found a way to emerge with a successful June and a hot July start before the All-Star Break.

With Indians starting pitchers going down with injuries and illnesses, new pitchers had to emerge as well as the bullpen. Zach Plesac, Adam Plutko, Aaron Civale, and Jefry Rodriguez were all given opportunities to be the starting pitcher for Cleveland.

In 23 starts that group of starting pitchers had a record of 8-9, an ERA of 3.42, 97 strikeouts, in 130.3 innings pitched.

At one point Trevor Bauer and Shane Bieber were the only Cleveland starters from the Opening Day Rotation.

Bieber has continued his roll from the 2018 season having a record of 8-3, 3.45 ERA, 141 strikeouts, in 112.1 innings pitched in the 2019 season

Bauer is leading the team in innings pitched with 132, holding a record of 8-6, 3.61 ERA, 149 strikeouts, in 20 starts.

The Indians managed to keep themselves afloat in the AL Central division race and will have Corey Kluber return still and possibly Carlos Carrasco.

Trevor Bauer might not be a member of the Indians following the trade deadline but Cleveland should be in good shape after seeing four young starters emerge in 2019 from the farm system.

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Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.

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