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

3. A Rejuvenated Bullpen

For good reasons fans blood pressure has spiked this season watching what has been an awful Indians bullpen try to close out games once the starter has been taken out of the game.

Night after night of giving up leads, and rotating arm after arm has been frustrating to say the least, but the good news is there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel for the bullpen.

Knowing just how bad the pen has been, Team President Chris Antonetti pulled the trigger on a big deal back on July 19th, dealing with San Diego for closer Brad Hand and rookie reliever Adam Cimber.

The two have come in and both to this point have done their job, Hand putting up two saves and a 1.29 ERA in six outings, and Cimber has thrown just 2.2 innings of situational ball, but has allowed just three hits and even better no runs.

Yes there’s still going to be tough nights when the team has to go to unproven players like Neil Ramirez, Oliver Perez and even Dan Otero has had moments of struggle, but adding Hand and Cimber has given the pen new life, and if Andrew Miller is close to the pitcher Indians fans have come to know and love, this unit might just end up finally helping this team win tight games in October.

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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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