Ready to check out our 2019 Cleveland Indians predictions?The Cleveland Indians will be looking to win the AL Central for the fourth straight year. Most importantly, however, they will be looking to get over the hump and win the World Series.
MLB Indians Predictions & Handicapping Insight
It will be tough early on as the Indians are a bit banged up with their star Francisco Lindor missing probably the first month or so of the season. The good news is that the Indians have plenty of talent and the AL Central is pretty weak.
2019 MLB Team Previews – Cleveland Indians
- Indians American League Central Odds -450
- Indians American League Odds +700
- Indians World Series Odds +1200
- Carlos Santana
- Jake Bauers
- Hanley Ramirez
Carlos Santana is coming back to the Cleveland Indians. He was involved in a trade with Seattle for Edwin Encarnacion.
- Edwin Encarnacion
- Mike Napoli
2019 Cleveland Indians Predictions: Projected Lineup:
- CF Leonys Martin
- 3B Jose Ramirez
- RF Tyler Naquin
- 1B Carlos Santana
- DH Hanley Ramirez
- LF Jake Bauers
- C Roberto Perez
- 2B Brad Miller
- SS Eric Stamets
Obviously, when Francisco Lindor comes back he’ll be right in the heart of the order, but for now opening day and early on this will roughly be the lineup.
It’s still a decent lineup. It doesn’t quite have the same kind of spark without Lindor, but Ramirez is still one of the better players in baseball, Santana can still handle the bat and we’ll see if Martin and Ramirez still have a little left in the tank.
Also, picking up Brad Miller is a quality get especially early on. Miller will be a nice little spark plug for the first month and pick up some of the slack. I wouldn’t sleep on him.
2019 Cleveland Indians Predictions: Projected Rotation:
- Corey Kluber
- Trevor Bauer
- Carlos Carrasco
- Mike Clevinger
- Shane Bieber
This is basically the best rotation in baseball. If all five pitchers stay healthy and start 30 plus games this will be the reason the Indians win their division and make it back to the postseason.
Kluber, Bauer, Carrasco, and Clevinger all have the ability to be Cy Young contenders and obviously Kluber has won a Cy Young award.
2019 Cleveland Indians Predictions: Projected Closer:
- Brad Hand
The bullpen will have to be pieced together. It’ll be a rickety bridge once the starter comes out of the game, but they do have a solid closer in Brad Hand.
2019 Cleveland Indians Predictions:
As I said at the top, the Indians are still good enough to win their division and make it back to postseason play. Lindor will have to get healthy and help this lineup out, but as long as their rotation stays healthy they should be just fine.
Winning the division is no sure thing, but they are heavy favorites – as they should be. The Twins will be their stiffest competition, but other than that the division is pretty weak. Like last year, the Indians can basically sleep walk through half the season and still be in control of the division.
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