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Are the Indians a Sleeping Giant in the American League? Three Reasons Why The Answer is ‘Yes’

1. A Starting Five That Can Matchup with Anyone

Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber are five pitchers who have shown on any given night they can pitch on their own into a win for the Tribe.

Kluber is a two-time Cy Yong award winner who has had some ups and downs due to a lingering knee injury, but he looked like his old self in his last outing and looks like he might be ready to go on a run.

Carrasco is the pitcher no one seems to talk about, he’s 13-5 and Wednesday against the Twins went 7.1 innings, not allowing a run on four hits with 10 K’s with no walks. He’s been as good as anyone for the most part this season.

You can argue that Bauer might be worthy of a Cy Young nomination after how good he’s been this season, making quality start after quality start, going 10-6 with a 2.34 ERA, logging the most innings of any pitcher in the AL this season.

Clevinger and Bieber have both also been very good, Clev going 7-7 with a 3.43 ERA, and Biber in his rookie year going 5-2.

There’s a number of other good staffs in the AL, but the Indians staff alone can win them a five-game series with their deepth and talent.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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