Cleveland Indians: 4 Reasons They Can Contend in the A.L. Central This Year

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Cleveland Indians: 4 Reasons They Can Contend in the A.L. Central This Year
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Coming into the 2011 season, even the most optimistic of fans could not have predicted the great start that the Tribe have enjoyed so far this year.

A team that came out of the gates firing on all cylinders has given the Indians a 12-5 record and first place in the American League Central. In fact, they are off to their best since 1999 and are tied for the best record in all of the major leagues.

While it is still early in the season, there are reasons why fans should have hope that great things are in store for this team. While it is impossible to win the division in April, it is possible to lose it in April. Tribe fans who have watched the past couple of seasons can attest to the truth of that statement.

With that being said, here are four reasons that the Indians have a legitimate shot at contending in the A.L. Central this season.

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