CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Over the past two seasons combined, the Indians have posted the fourth best winning percentage in the entire American League. This year, 22 of the 25 players on the roster spent time with the Tribe a year ago. It’s a young core of talent that is determined to return the franchise to October baseball this Fall.
“I think that the standard that we hold ourselves to is probably gonna exceed what anybody else expects from us,” reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber said.
Infielder Mike Aviles says team chemistry is one key strength in 2015.
“We really are a family. We enjoy coming to the clubhouse. So, we’re gonna try to use that to our advantage this year. And so, hopefully it plays out and translates into some wins.”
Former first-round draft pick Lonnie Chisenhall and Closer Cody Allen began their pro careers with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Both are thrilled to be homegrown products in the Tribe farm-system.
“It’s just a fun thing to be a part of. Ya know, growing up with these guys and continuing to play with them,” said Chisenhall.
“We’ve got guys here who come from other organizations who won ballgames and guys here who have won together, and we’ve come up together. Everybody here truly believes that we have what it takes to get into October,” Allen added.
One key offseason trade acquisition for the Indians was Outfielder Brandon Moss. He has admired the Indians from afar prior to being dealt to Cleveland.
“They’ve been good for a couple years now, and I just want to be a part of it. Obviously to have the opportunity to compete with these guys in the postseason would be awesome,” Moss said.
Veteran Outfielder Michael Bourn is taking a business-like approach…especially early in the 2015 campaign.
“Just takin’ it one step at a time. It’s a long season, and we’re at the very beginning journey of it. So, ya know, we won our first series, and we’re gonna try to build on that,” Bourn said.
Third-year Manager Terry Francona echoes those sentiments.
1:01 Terry Francona: ” We’ve gotta try to play a good game today and play a good game tomorrow. Then turn the page and get ready for the next team. I can never really come up with a reason or an excuse not to play well.”
No matter how things shape up for the Indians in the first month of the season. There’s no need to jump to conclusions. The last two April’s combined, they posted a combined mark of 22-30…but still managed a winning record in both campaigns at season’s end.