The Indians season will depend on scoring runs and defense.

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The Tribe has been called one of the top teams in MLB this season. That is much more attention that the team deserves. The team has pretty good pitching but will struggle again scoring runs and preventing unearned runs.

The top 3 starters are solid. Starters 4 and 5 are still question marks. But compared to the offense the pitching is outstanding. Last year the team lost way too many games where the pitching held the opponent to 3 runs or less.

The only offensive addition was outfielder Brandon Moss. The team needed at least a second right handed power hitter. The rest of the O is a problem. Michael Bourn is solid if he is healthy. That is anything but a sure thing. The other players are inconsistent.

The defense is also an issue. Last season the team has the worst defense in the American League. Getting Lonnie Chisenhall off the field will help but there are still issues.

Given the issues that both Kansas City and Detroit have had the Tribe has a chance to over take them. But unless they can fix the D and do better on O it will be a long season.

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