There is a strong aura around the city of Cleveland right now. The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit and win the NBA Championship. Now the Cleveland Indians advanced to the ALCS after sweeping the Boston Red Soxs.
A city that has long become synonymous with losing and heartbreak, is now close to crowing a second champion. It’s like overnight, Cleveland forgot how to lose. Call it the Lebron Effect. If only the Cleveland Browns could get some of that luck.
It’s been 67 years since the Cleveland Indians last celebrated a World Series win. When you look at this team they have everything it takes to win it all. This Indians team have a great manager in Terry Francona who knows what it takes to win a World Series. He’s won two as the manager of the Boston Red Soxs. It’s underrated how well Francona manages the game. He always seems to make the right move at the right time.
They also have a shutdown bullpen led by trade deadline pickup Andrew Miller. He transformed the Indians from bullpen from a weakness into a strength. The starting rotation is led by former CY winner Corey Kluber. Then you veterans like Mike Napoli and Coco Crisp playing extremely well and have both won World Series in the past. You have a great manager, shutdown bullpen, ace in the starting rotation and a mixture of youth and veterans. That’s a recipe for success.
Of course this Indians team has to get past a red hot Blue Jays team that is also coming off a sweep of the AL West Texas Rangers. Seven different blue Jays players have already hit a home run in the postseason. Enjoy the win and moment Cleveland, you deserve it. The Cavaliers proved that anything is possible.