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The Indians need Fausto Carmona to anchor their young rotation in 2011.
Like the Royals, it's all about the young guns for the Indians seeing as not a single starter will be over 27 on Opening Day. Fortunately for the Tribe, the future looks a little bit brighter in Cleveland than Kansas City right now.
Assuming Fausto Carmona continues breaking out of his post-2007 funk, he can anchor the rotation. We all know he finished fourth in the AL Cy Young voting that year, and he is slowly getting back into that form.
The rest of the young guns give Indians fans hope. Justin Masterson seemed to get it at the end of last year (2.08 ERA, 29 strikeouts to only 6 walks in his final 34.2 innings). Mitch Talbot had some success in his first full major league season; hopefully his stats will start to look more like his minor league stats (5.0 to 8.1 SO/9, 4.3 to 2.1 BB/9). Same for Carlos Carrasco (6.6 to 8.6 SO/9, 3.4 to 2.9 BB/9) and Josh Tomlin (5.3 to 7.9 SO/9, 2.3 to 1.9 BB/9) in their first full major league seasons.
If the Tribe's young starters continue to cut down on their walks and get their strikeouts up, they could surprise some people this year. Like the 2000 movie Almost Famous, which featured Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Billy Crudup, Zooey Deschanel and Anna Paquin before they were big, this could be the breakout year for Masterson, Talbot, Carrasco and Tomlin.