Myth #3: They Cannot Overcome the Injuries
It’s impossible to measure the amount of heart that this Cleveland team has.
Starting the season with injuries to two key players – Chisenhall and Michael Brantley – the Indians were immediately questioned on if they could even survive until those two made it back.
Unbeknownst to anyone, Brantley, regarded as the team’s best player, would only play in 11 games in 2016.
The injuries continued to pile up. Over the course of the season, the Tribe would also see DL stints from Roberto Perez, Joe Colon, Joba Chamberlin, Zach McAllister, Yan Gomes, Jeff Manship, Danny Salazar, and Carlos Carrasco.
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Along with this, Napoli, Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin, and most recently Trevor Bauer have also missed time on a day-to-day basis.
With that many injuries to key players, it is fair to predict that Cleveland would not be able to overcome the odds.
However, with the emergence of Ramirez, Naquin, Mike Clevinger, and Ryan Merritt, the Indians have been able to plug holes in a seemingly sinking ship and run through the American League playoffs to the pennant.
Nobody could have guessed that the four aforementioned names would become major contributors at some point during the season. It goes to show that a team can never have too much depth.