Cleveland Indians: The 5 Most Important Series of 2017

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Taking a look at five of the most important series for the Cleveland Indians during the 2017 regular season.

Picking out the important games and series before a season can be difficult because of pitching matchups, injuries, and all the other factors that go into baseball, but some series are about more than just baseball.

For the Cleveland Indians, being the defending American League Champions means every team will play their hardest against them this coming season, so they will need to even outplay their amazing 2016 season.

Although every game matters, looking at the schedule, a few series seem to be more important than the rest. Based on road trips, time of the season, and personal factors, there are a few stretches in the schedule that could make or break the 2017 Indians.

For the Indians to repeat as American League Champs and have a chance at the World Series they will have to get past 14 other tough teams.

The road to the title goes past some nasty division rivals and some new playoff foes, and each will be looking for revenge for 2016.

The Indians are no longer the underdogs in the Central Division. They have shown the strength of not only their pitching, but also their lineup and defense.

With all this pressure, and all these teams planning ahead to play the Indians, here are the five series to circle on the Indians’ schedule for 2017. Some may be obvious, while others more obscure, but all will be a huge step towards another World Series appearance.