Based on the recent attendance at Progressive Field, Northeast Ohio might not realize baseball’s playoff race is in full effect.
Yet, here we stand on Sept. 18 with Cleveland in the thick of the wild-card race. In fact, Fangraphs’ playoff projections have Cleveland’s chances of making the playoffs around 50 percent. That’s a simple coin flip! Take a coin out, flip it, and call it in the air.
Of course, baseball doesn’t work that way. But following last year’s 68-94 debacle, any fan would have been thrilled to know Cleveland would have a coin flip’s chance at the playoffs in mid-September. Barring some kind of historic collapse, this will be Cleveland’s first winning season since 2007 and will erase some of the bad memories formed over the last five seasons.
Even more importantly for the future, this Cleveland team is built to last. The three best position players this season are second baseman Jason Kipnis, catcher/first baseman Carlos Santana, and catcher Yan Gomes. Kipnis, Santana, and Gomes are all just entering their prime.
The typical baseball player peaks in his late-20s, and all three of these players are just hitting that age. That, plus the fact that they are under contract until 2017, gives Cleveland a strong base to build on. Read More…
From Daily Kent Stater, September 18, 2013