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2013 MLB Previews: Expectations for Cleveland Indians

Cleveland sports fans have it worse than any other sports city in America. Seriously, they’ve been through every kind of heartbreak you can imagine with very little success in anything sports-related. From The Drive to Art Modell to LeBron James, Cleveland sports fans just can’t win. However, the Cleveland Indians are trying to change that in 2013 with some new faces in the dugout, on the pitching mound and in the batter’s box.

Like the other Cleveland sports teams, the Indians haven’t been good in a while. In fact, it’s been half a dozen years since they finished a season above .500, but several big offseason moves have the Indians in position to contend for the American League Central crown in 2013 if they play their cards right.

The Indians went out and added power and consistency to their lineup by signing in Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. These two bats alone will provide a big boost to a lineup that hit .251 collectively in 2012, good for 18th-best in all of baseball.

In addition, the Indians have new hope for their rotation in top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer, who has the team excited and for good reason; the Indians allowed opposing teams to bat .268 against them in in 2012. Only five teams did worse.

Finally, the Indians have a new manager in Terry Francona, who is looking for a fresh start, which is perfect for a team seeking the exact same thing. So in other words, if the above players gel quickly and Francona works his magic, the Indians could easily finish above .500 for the first time in six years.