Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 11/9/14
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After losing the first two games of a four game series in spectacular fashion to the Tigers, and then ultimately losing three of the four games in the series, Indians fans at least subconsciously recognized what they already suspected: this year’s Cleveland Indians are not at the same level as the Tigers and will be hardpressed to win the AL Central. There is no question that the Indians are much better than last year.  The offense is scoring many more runs, the base running has improved, and even the starting rotation has been more consistent.  However, despite these improvements the team’s warts have and will continue to stop the team from finding consistent success. Despite improvements, the Tribe pitching staff has not been good enough and lacks the consistency needed to make a run at the playoffs.  Yes, Justin Masterson has definitely improved and made the All-Star team.  Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister have been effective for extended periods of time, and even Scott Kazmir ha...
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