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2014 Indians Team Preview: Contender Or Fluke?

Darin Brown

Darin Brown

Darin Brown writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

2014 Cleveland Indians Team Preview

The Indians, led by manager Terry Francona, restored some magic to the shores of Lake Erie with a 92-70 record (51-30 at home). They battled the Tigers for the AL Central crown before falling a game short but did manage to edge out the Rangers and earn a spot in the Wild Card game, losing to the Rays 4-0. It was an enormously successful year in Francona’s first year as the Tribe skipper as the team snapped a long postseason drought but it remains to be seen if last season was a precursor of things to come or rather catching lightning in a bottle.

The Indians finished fifth in the AL in runs scored and seventh in ERA thanks in large part to a strikeout heavy staff, trailing only the Tigers in the AL. Unfortunately for the Indians, two of last year’s starters are likely headed elsewhere via free agency. Scott Kazmir (10 wins, 162 Ks) inked a two-year deal with the A’s and Ubaldo Jimenez (13 wins, 194 Ks) appears to be landi

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