Indians 2018 Season Preview
Ready to check out our 2018 Cleveland Indians predictions? Spring Training is coming to an close as the Indians are looking to head back into the playoffs and create some more history in their franchise.
MLB Indians Predictions & Handicapping Insight
Coming off a record breaking regular season last year, the Indians are hoping to continue that same push actually into the playoffs where they got eliminated by the New York Yankees
2018 MLB Team Previews – Cleveland Indians
- American League Central -450
- American League +375
- World Series +750
- 1B Yonder Alonso
It was not an exciting offseason for the Indians in terms of adding new players as they really did not need another star as they are locked and loaded for another amazing season.
The Indians did land Alonso who signed a two year deal and will had some depth on first base. Alonso had a fire star after the second half of the season last year.
- RH Bryan Shaw
- RH Joe Smith
The Indians might not of lost their power house in their lineup, but their bullpen took a huge hit with losses of Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith. Both were relief pitchers and added the boost the Indians really needed last year.
Indians Predictions: Projected Lineup:
- SS Francisco Lindor
- 2B Jason Kipnis
- 3B Joe Ramirez
- DH Edwin Encarnacion
- 1B Yonder Alonso
- OF Lonnie Chisenhall
- OF Tyler Naquin
- C Robert Perez
- OF Brad Zimmer
Welcome to the same, but still powerful lineup of the Cleveland Indians. Once again the Indians enter this MLB season with having another strong lineup that should be able to put up a lot of runs on the scoreboard. Expect Lindor and Encarnacion to have an amazing season.
Indians Predictions: Projected Rotation:
- RH Corey Kluber
- RH Carlos Carrasco
- RH Trevor Bauer
- RH Mike Clevinger
- LH Josh Tomlin
If this rotation can stay healthy, the Indians could have one of the most consistent rotations from the past year. The Indians were known for their powerful rotation however their bullpen took a hit in the offseason.
Indians Predictions: Projected Closer:
- RH Cody Allen
The 29-year-old has saved 30 games or more in each of the last three seasons for the Indians, and last year he registered a 2.94 ERA along with 92 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings. He’ll once again be Cleveland’s primary ninth-inning man in 2018
Expect Allen to have another successful season as he could stay in Cleveland for a long time depending on his performance this year.
2018 Cleveland Indians Prediction:
Looking like a dynasty in Cleveland, where the Indians return a deep and very complete team that appears to be a lock for a third consecutive division title. I predict they will get that third division title and soon will become something special in that division for years to come.
The only problem is the bullpen for the Indians as they need a good chunk of minors to step up this year with the loss of a couple of veterans. Besides that, the Indians finish with the second best record in the AL with a 96-66 record.
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