Manager Francona One of Few Positives for Indians
a year-long hiatus from managing, Terry Francona now is at the helm of
the Cleveland Indians, a franchise that has not been to the playoffs
since 2007. The two-time World Series winner as the manager of the
Boston Red Sox must find a way to help this team avoid the second half
collapses that have marred their previous two seasons.
Francona must find a way to win with a rotation that lost more games
(76) than any other team in the American League. Justin Masterson, who
managed just 11 wins and a 4.93 ERA last season, is the top returning
pitcher for The Tribe.
Chris Perez returns as the lead-man in a bullpen that represents
perhaps the strongest part of the Indians team. Perez had 39 saves for
Cleveland in 2012.
an attempt to bolster their bats, the Indians most impactful addition
was outfielder Nick Swisher who hit .274 with 24 HR and 93 RBI for the
Yankees last season. Beyond Swisher, the Indians have a consistent, but
not powerful, hitter in Michael Brantley who led Cleveland with a .288
average last season.
Catcher Carlos Santana was the leading power hitter for the Indians last season but mustered only 18 HR.
one hand, Indians fans can be encouraged that a proven winner like
Francona is now leading their club. On the other, there is little reason
to believe that the Indians will show much progress from a team that
has consistently lost 90+ games the last few years.