Cleveland Indians: Five bold predictions for the Tribe in 2021

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The Cleveland Indians will make the playoffs in 2021.

I’ll be honest, of all the predictions on this list this one is by far the most bold and has the least chance of happening. However, should certain events transpire, it’s still a very clear possibility.

While the Indians are expected to run out a much different roster to start the 2021 season, the core of the team will still be intact. Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes were two of the bigger weapons on the 2020 team and will return in 2021. On top of that, Josh Naylor started to settle in late last year while Nolan Jones is expected to play at a high level once he arrives.

Like every season there will also be players that unexpectedly emerge. Whether it be prospects from within the organization or players brought in via free agency or trade. Regardless, I have faith in the front office to assemble the pieces to get back to the postseason.

The biggest aspect of this is the pitching that the Indians will return. From their starting pitching to the bullpen, both units should be among the best in the league. The bullpen is another unit that will look a bit different, but the addition of Emmanuel Clase should help bridge the changes. As for the starters, they should be able to pick up where they left off at the end of the season.