Cleveland Indians: Position Preview for 2021, Starting Pitching

Shane Bieber #57 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians Position Preview for 2021, Starting Pitchers

The turnover that has happened this offseason with the roster of the Cleveland Indians has changed the outlook of nearly every position and the starting pitchers unit was no exception. While the group was expected to be among the top in the league, the trade of Carlos Carrasco was a big knock to the group.

Now, the Cleveland Indians will enter the 2021 season with four of the five starters locked in, one less than we would like to say. However, those four will all be younger than 26-years old. Age doesn’t exactly translate to a lack of experience, but there’s no question where the organization is trending. To save money and get younger during the upcoming season.

While the starting pitchers were effected by the trade, they will still be the life blood of this Indians club during the next season at least. Multiple offensive weapons were lost and no guarantees were added, just possibilities for potential. With the uncertainties of the offense and lack of run production, the Tribe will need to rely on the pitching staff to stay competitive.

Luckily, the starting pitchers of the Cleveland Indians have been the life blood before and recently. An organization known for producing pitching talent, the hope is that the Indians will be able to fill the fifth and final spot in the rotation to keep the unit at the top of Major League Baseball.

The question will be who? We’ve asked that question before and each time we’ve been answered by an incredible prospect that makes the leap to the majors, in fact that’s how we came to know our current rotation. Now, it’s just time for the next man up to get the call up. There might be multiple players that are given an opportunity this season to showcase their stuff, but one of them is sure to emerge as the fifth starter in the Indians’ rotation.