The Cleveland Indians have been off to a hot start and are on top of the American League Central with one-eighth of the season over. With a relatively easy April and May schedule, the Indians can increase their lead in the standings and create a buzz with the fans and around the league.
As of today, the Indians have six players (Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, Asdrubal Cabrera, Chris Perez, Justin Masterson and Josh Tomlin) who are making their cases for the All-Star game. With two of their best hitters (Shin Soo Choo and Carlos Santana) and ace (Fausto Carmona) off to a slow start, the Indians still have plenty of room to improve.
With the market the Indians play in, the goal will be to compete this year without sacrificing the future. Don’t expect GM Chris Antonetti to bring any big-name/salary players in by trading away prospects like Lonnie Chisenhall or Alex White.
The following slides will show five ways the Indians can stay on top of the AL Central and play in the postseason.