|Cleveland Indians 2006 Summary|
CLEVELAND INDIANS 2008 SUMMARY
The 2008 Indians will again be baseball betting underdogs to finish first in the division but they could surprise people again. Baseball bet experts believe that Cleveland will contend again this season.
Detroit made the major noise in the off-season but Cleveland may still have the better team. Baseball bet experts see that the Indians have a starting infield of Asdrubel Cabrera at second, Jhonny Peralta at short, and Casey Blake at third with Travis Hafner at first. Baseball betting experts see that the Indians signed Masahide Kobayashi, an ace reliever from Japan who saved 227 games over the past eight seasons. He should help Joe Borowski in the bullpen and could help as a set up man with Tom Mastny according to experts that look to make a baseball bet.
The key for Cleveland according to baseball bet experts will be starting pitching. They will need C.C. Sabathia to pitch well all season and not flop in the playoffs. The rest of the rotation looks solid according to experts that make a baseball bet. Fausto Carmona was superb last season and is a very good #2 starter. Right-hander Jake Westbrook is a solid #3 while Paul Byrd has the number four slot. Cliff Lee is also still in the mix.
The bullpen is excellent led by perhaps the best pitcher on the staff in Rafael Betancourt (1.47 ERA in 79 innings last year according to baseball bet stats). The Indians also return Rafael Perez (1.78 ERA in 61 innings according to baseball bet stats), and Aaron Fultz (2.92 ERA in 37 innings according to baseball bet stats).
The offense is led by center fielder Grady Sizemore, 1B Travis Hafner and catcher Victor Martinez. It was Martinez that led the team with 114 RBIs last season according to baseball bet stats. Ryan Garko also had a solid season and impacted baseball betting lines. Baseball bet experts believe the other outfield spot could go to Franklin Gutierrez who looked good at times last season.
Most baseball betting experts believe that Cleveland will contend for a playoff spot again this season although they could finish behind Detroit in the division and be battling for the Wild Card.