This team is absolutely a piece or two away from being squarely positioned for a deep playoff run for the next few seasons. A lot of us who follow the team closely probably got caught up in the preseason ground swell of attention this team got prior to opening day with all the bold predictions from the national media of a World Series for Cleveland, but realized they were likely a year away still.
With Kluber, Carrasco, Bauer, Salazar and even Cody Anderson and the come back of Tomlin, the starting pitching is
rock solid utterly amazing (and the best I've ever seen in CLE) with a more than serviceable bullpen for a post season stretch. And with the call-ups of the young guys like Lindor (who's actually met or exceeded the 3 year hype) and Urshela, (even Almonte to a lesser extent) coupled with AL leading hitters Kipnis and Dr Smooth, this offense has finally rec'd the boost of energy it's needed. All I want for Xmas is a legitimate right handed threat at the plate from one of the historical power positions - 1st base, 3rd base.
5 games out of the WC is not insurmountable, but 5-6 other teams as close or closer, makes this season likely out of reach. But you never know. Stranger finishes have happened. #GoTribe #Believeland #ClevelandAgainstTheWorld