The Indians missed the playoff in 2019 despite winning 93 games, which ended their postseason streak at three years. Since 1995, Cleveland reached the playoffs 11 times with three World Series appearances (all losses). Over their 119 year history, they’ve made the playoffs in 14 seasons with two World Series titles (1920 and 1948).
The strength of their team continues to be their pitching staff (3.76 ERA – 4th), which led to 16 shutouts and 42 saves. The Indians ranked 16th in runs (769), 16th in home runs (223), and 17th in RBI (731). They scored 49 fewer runs than they did in 2018 (818).
Cleveland signed Cesar Hernandez to take over at second base. They traded Corey Kluber to the Rangers for RP Emmanuel Clase and OF Delino DeShields. In a minor deal, the Indians added C Sandy Leon for SP Adenys Bautista. They moved on from 2B Jason Kipnis while failing to retain OF Yasiel Puig. OF Domingo Santana signed a minor league contract in February to compete for playing time in the outfield and DH.
When looking at Cleveland’s batting order, it has a couple of talented bats (SS Francisco Lindor and 3B Jose Ramirez) while lacking overall depth to match some of the…