Predicting Where Cleveland Indians Will Finish In AL Central This Season

How The Indians Fit In The AL Central In 2014

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The Cleveland Indians are using the term "unfinished business" for the 2014 season but have plenty of work ahead of them when it comes to overtaking the Tigers in the AL Central. Let's take a look at where the Indians stand when it comes to the five-team race in the AL Central.

5. Minnesota Twins 70-92

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5. Minnesota Twins 70-92

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This is a true work in progress and one that isn't near happening in 2014. Most of their best players for the future are not even on the roster yet. While Glen Perkins is very good as a closer, the team is going to need a lot of work just to get to him which is not going to happen a lot this season. They will again be the bottom dwellers in the Central.

4. Kansas City Royals 78-84

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4. Kansas City Royals 78-84

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They took a step forward last year with 86 wins, but need a lot more offense from players like Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer this season. They will also need more behind James Shields in order to compete in the division, and Greg Holland needs to repeat his season from a year ago. Call me crazy, but I see them taking a small step back this season.

3. Chicago White Sox 81-81

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3. Chicago White Sox 81-81

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Many will have the Royals in third, but the Sox have added some pieces with a better offense with Adam Eaton and Cuba's Jose Abreu. They need Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy John Danks to be very good to be about .500, but don't forget two seasons ago when many felt they would be near the bottom of the division and challenged the Tigers to the very end.

2. Cleveland Indians 88-74

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2. Cleveland Indians 88-74

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They lost two starting pitchers and need more offense in 2014 to compete. They are stating they have 'unfinished business' this season but may take a few steps back this season and need Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco to step up big. They also need the bullpen to be much better than what it was in 2013, which was very up and down.

1. Detroit Tigers 91-71

Miguel Cabrera

1. Detroit Tigers 91-71

Miguel Cabrera

With their new jackpot player in Miguel Cabrera inked for what should be the rest of his career, the Tigers are again the favorites to win the division; and they should be. With still a very good starting rotation and good lineup, they should take home between 90-95 wins and another run at the World Series in the AL.

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