Leading the Chicago Cubs 3-1 in the 2016 World Series, it looked as if one of the longest championship droughts in sports history would be coming to an end, and one certainly did. Of course, much to the chagrin of the Indians and their fans, it wasn't their drought that toppled but that of the Cubs, who rallied for a seven-game verdict to take their first World Series since 1908. Rubbing salt in the wound, the Cubs win left the Indians, without a World Series title since 1948, as the team with the longest active title drought.
But the Indians revved up to get right back at it, signing the top available free agent bat in Edwin Encarnacion.
Best Cleveland Indians Betting Lines
For more information pertaining to Cleveland's upcoming matchup, please refer to the breakout box below which will give you the run-down on what to expect in terms of favorites and betting lines.
This function will be updated daily with new information, so make sure to check back often to see the new matchups and lines.
Additionally, it would be wise to check this tool prior to your bet, as the lines will shift somewhat during the day prior to the matchup based on that day's activity in terms of roster moves.
Cleveland Indians Regular Season Schedule
To get an overview of who the Indians are playing this season, check out the schedule breakout box below.
This function will breakdown who Cleveland has matched up well against and who they have struggled in previous games. Make sure to note what kind of level the team has been playing at for the last 10 games to get an idea of where the Indians are matching up as of late.
Cleveland Indians Regular Season Standings
Similar to the regular season schedule tool above, the standings overview will give you a broad idea of where the Indians stand in the AL.
This function will give you an almost immediate idea of where Cleveland ranks in relation to the other teams and if it would be wise to wager on them.
Always make sure to check in with the standings tool from time to time as it will be updated regularly after each game Cleveland plays during the season.
Cleveland Indians betting tips
The addition of slugger Edwin Encarnacion, who clubbed 42 homers in 2016 and has drove 193 balls out of the park since 2012, not only boosts his spot in the batting order, it ensures that everyone in the order around Encarnacion can expect to see better pitches to hit.
The last thing the opposition pitcher is going to want to do is issue free passes to players coming to the plate immediately prior to the long-ball prowess of Encarnacion. So those batters are going to see lots of strikes.
Cleveland Owns Baseball's Best Bullpen
When the Indians acquired Andrew Miller last season, it made what already was in the argument as the best bullpen in baseball a sure bet for that recognition. This is an elite crew. During the postseason alone, Miller struck out 30 hitters in 19 1/3 innings.
Cody Allen is one of baseball's most efficient closers, and along with Miller, the Tribe have Bryan Shaw, Dan Otero and situational lefty Boone Logan to get the game to the ninth inning.
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