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Cleveland Indians: Previewing the series against the Angels

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This bullpen’s on fire (in a good way)

The additions of Brad Hand and Adam Cimber couldn’t have come at a better time. Now that the Indians’ most glaring weakness has been addressed they Indians have locked on to their winning ways. The Indians bullpen has had the second best ERA in the MLB since the new guys from San Diego have arrived.

Not only that, but Andrew Miller has officially been activated and will likely pitch this weekend. If you’re a team in the AL, the prospect of facing Hand, Miller, and Allen in the playoffs is a scary thought.

Worse/Best case scenario

Worse case: 1-2 series loss

I’ve said it all year. Since that sweep by the Yankees, I don’t think the Indians will let anyone sweep them for the rest of the season. The team is too resilient. The Angels did have the Indians’ number in their first meeting, and some bad outings from two struggling Indians pitchers could cost them this series.

Best case 2-1 series lead

If the Indians couldn’t sweep the Twins, I don’t think they can sweep the Angels. Just because they’re in  4th place in the west, doesn’t mean they’re a bad baseball team. We saw that when the Indians played the A’s when they were in this position. That said, the Halos are not the same team we saw back in April, while the Indians are a much better team now.

Next. Peeking at the 2018 MLB playoff schedule. dark

This series kicks off tonight with a and continues throughout the weekend featuring some Rock N Blast in downtown Cleveland. Go Tribe!

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