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Baseball is no longer laughing at Cleveland Indians or Chicago Cubs

Posted by Betonline team on 9/13/2016 1:16:08 AM
Baseball is no longer laughing at Cleveland Indians or Chicago Cubs

The Cleveland Indians have not won a World Series in 67 years. The drought is even longer in Chicago where the lovable Cubs won their last title 107 years ago.

Both franchises have been inept over the years. But guess what? The sad times could be ending. The Indians and Cubs are two of baseball’s better teams. Cleveland will win the American League Central if it can hold off the streaky Detroit Tigers.

The Cubs clinched the National League Central in July. OK. Maybe not that early, but let’s say they own a sizeable lead over the St. Louis Cardinals and are headed to the playoffs.

If you believe in karma this could be Cleveland’s year. The city is still giddy over the city’s first professional championship. Millions flooded the streets to celebrate the Cleveland Cavaliers’ come-from-behind title win over the Golden State Warriors.

That title was brought to you by LeBron James. Now manager Terry Francona has his men in position to make a run and players admit the championship parade trickled down to them.

“It’s not rainy and cloudy every single day and all the teams suck and it’s miserable,” said pitcher Trevor Bauer said. “It’s like ‘Oh, the sun’s out, we just won the NBA championship, our baseball team’s doing well.’ People kind of lift their head up a little bit and things seem a little better. It’s definitely there.”

The Indians are serious. They already had one of the best starting pitching staffs in baseball. Four of the five men in the starting rotation rank among the top 25 in earned run average. But they also made a trade to bring in top-notch reliever Andrew Miller and made a deal to acquire All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy. However, he refused to waive his no-trade clause with Milwaukee and the deal was dead.

“There’s some hope and optimism in our market we haven’t had before,” Cleveland General Manager Mike Chernoff said. ”We want to capitalize on that.”

What if Cleveland makes the World Series and faces the Cubs who own MLB’s best record and has one of its highest payrolls? This team is led by President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein who the club hired away from the Boston Red Sox. He is flanked by his guys, General Manager Jed Hoyer and Director of Scouting Jason McLeod.

They’ve made a number of boss moves, including hiring elite manager Joe Madden. Only three players remain from when Epstein took over thanks to 12 trades and eight free agent signings. Total price? How about $495 million?

Cubs-Indians in the World Series? That laughable proposition could be a reality.


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