#08 - Cleveland
Offense: A ton of big names...and Rob Johnson? WsL Rank: 5th
Starting Pitching: Hamels, half a season of Luebke and uh...woof..WsL Rank: 18th
Relief Pitching: Look at all these Conans. WsL Rank: 4th
It's hard to imagine a scenario where a team in WSL can win 95 games and not make the playoffs, but such was Cleveland's fate. Despite having a pretty solid lineup and an overacheving pitching staff, Cleveland fell just short of the two 500 lb gorillas, no pun intended, in Chicago and eventual-champ Pittsburgh.
Final Record: 95-67, 3rd in AL Central
Team AVG: .263, 10th in the WsL
Team OBP: .337, 9th in the WsL
Team SLG: .411, 11th in the WsL
Team ERA: 4.29, 16th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .260, 14th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 148, 8th in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
In a rare trade that helped both teams, Cleveland added a potential franchise SS in Starlin Castro for two solid pieces in Pablo Sandoval and Maicer Izturis. With ownership's mancrush on Kevin Youkilis, Panda Sandoval became the odd man out. By making the swap, Cleveland adds upside, as well as cost certainty since Castro has two additional years on his contract over Sandoval.
Worst Offseason Move
If Cleveland is serious about getting back to the playoffs, they should be embarassed to field a rotation with Nick Blackburn, Randy Wells and Tommy Hunter involved prominently. While Cleveland dropped. I'm sure Chicago and Pittsburgh are shaking in their cleats about this one.
PG's '11 Prediction
Eerily, the division looks much the same as it did in 2010. Three strong teams, but Cleveland's rotation is still the weakest part of the division favorites. 92-70 record.