Talkin' Tribe

All of this drama surrounding the Cavaliers has taken our focus off one very important piece of information: Opening Day is just 12 days away.

Most publications say the Indians won’t pass the Twins in the AL Central standings this year, but as I’ve said in past posts, these guys have a legit shot. Whereas Mark Shapiro brought in some quality free agents, I just don’t see where the Twins significantly improved themselves this offseason. While it’s true that their young players are going to be another year better, guys like Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner and Coco Crisp are going to be that much better too.

That said, it’s time for C.C. Sabathia to mature into a true #1. If the Indians want to take down the Twins, they need an ace, and after four years C.C. needs to take that long-awaited step forward. True, he’s still only 24 but every year he gets you excited, flashes that undeniable talent, only to finish around .500 with an ERA higher than it should be and strikeout numbers lower than they should be. Kevin Millwood has put up ace numbers in the past, and you hope he can do it again this year, but it’s the big lefty who needs to finally lead this rotation right into the playoffs.

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