Cleveland Indians: Could They Have Made the Playoffs If They Had Stayed Healthy?

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Cleveland Indians: Could They Have Made the Playoffs If They Had Stayed Healthy?
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Would the Indians still be playing if they hadn't been bit so hard by the injury bug?

The Cleveland Indians' season came to a disappointing end yesterday with a loss against the Detroit Tigers, putting their final record at 80-82. While this is disappointing following their 30-15 start, overall, it is an accomplishment. This team wasn't supposed to contend until 2012 at the earliest, yet they shocked the baseball world for five months. 

One of the reasons the Indians faded down the stretch was the tremendous amount of injuries they suffered. Between Grady Sizemore, Travis Hafner, Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Josh Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco, the Indians missed out on 325 games. These games were filled in by various replacements who didn't do much to impress and contributed to the Tribe's downfall.

To test whether the Indians would've made the playoffs with those seven players healthy, let's take a look at what each player's stats would look like if they had played the whole season (averaging out their 2011 stats to 155 games played). It's not an exact science, but it's a good place to start.

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