Cleveland Indians: Staying sane during the ups and downs of March
Cleveland Indians fans must not get stressed out about minor injuries or final scores in March, as all should be just fine once the regular season begins.
Cleveland Indians fans are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2017 MLB season, but getting through March has proved to be difficult.
From Jason Kipnis being shutdown for two weeks to the unknown surrounding Michael Brantley, not everything has been smooth.
Then there are some poor performances from the starting pitchers, that may cause some fans to worry. But there is no need to worry about anything in March, barring any major injuries to key players.
As with any sport, a lot of storylines come out of the preseason, when it is simply a time for the team to get back into playing shape. Pitchers who have rough outings are likely working on a pitch, or just not going 100 percent at this point in time.
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When it comes to the injuries, those are a bit more worrisome. However, there have been no major injuries, and the questions surrounding Brantley are to be expected, as only he knows how his shoulder is feeling. If it feels great one day, he is not going to come out and say he is ready to return, as that didn’t work too well last year.
Social media is a breeding ground for worrying and conspiracy theories, but it is just pointless to do that in March. The MLB season is so long, there are bound to be ups and downs all along the way, as there were in 2016. It is impossible for sports fans to relax and take it a day at a time, which is the beauty of following a team throughout a professional sports season, but the preseason is not time to worry, especially when this team is better on paper than the one that was a single win away from a World Series title a year ago.
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So even though Kipnis and Brantley may not start the season on time, and Carlos Carrasco may miss a start or two, the Indians are in great shape. The team is being well-represented on a global stage in the World Baseball Classic, so sit back and enjoy the rest of March. April is going to launch what should be one of the most exciting seasons in franchise history.