In Tuesday’s DR, my preseason outlook at the Indians wasn’t real positive. But, before the first pitch of the 2012 season has been thrown, I think I need to add a little bit of hope to what’s going to happen this season on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
The Twins lost 99 games last summer, watched Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer — two of their better hitters — depart, and Carl Pavano is their No. 1 starter. Kansas City has a decent every-day lineup, but the Royals can’t score enough runs with their mediocre pitching staff. Chicago’s got decent pitching and new manager Robin Ventura will keep things on an even keel after Ozzie Guillen more than overstayed his welcome. But the Sox are counting on Adam Dunn to be a big part of their offense, and the big stiff didn’t even hit .160 last season.
Detroit should run away with the division, with one of MLB’s best starting pitchers in Justin Verlander, one of MLB’s top closers in Jose Valverde, and the Tigers added Prince Fielder as a free agent, who will more than make up for the offseason loss to injury of Victor Martinez.
But the Indians get to play the other three 18 times apiece, forcing me to re-do my math. They’ll be closer to .500 than my predicted 70-92 — if that’s any consolation.
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