By Terry Cushman – @cushmanMLB
The Detroit Tigers & Kansas City Royals are seemingly content to sell off pieces to transition into rebuilding mode. Two other American League Central teams are already rebuilding (Twins & White Sox). That pretty much makes the A.L. Central a one horse race for Cleveland to cruise into October.
Aside from their easy path, the Cleveland Indians are simply the most well balanced team in the American League.
Their pitching staff is solid with Kluber, Carrasco, & Salazar. Their bullpen is stout with Allen, Miller, & Shaw. The heart of their batting order is iron clad with Lindor, Kipnis, Brantley, and the newly acquired Edwin Encarnacion.
No other team in the American League is as balanced, and as proven. This Cleveland team has been to the dance recently. They also have Terry Francona who has guided past teams through the toughest of circumstances. He will lead this team brilliantly to another World Series appearance, and probably win it.
My heart will always say Boston, but my head says it’ll be Cleveland in 2017. They’re prime time.