Blowing a 3-1 lead and dropping the 2016 World Series in seven games to the Chicago Cubs was a double disaster for the Cleveland Indians. Not only did they lose the World Series in seven games, the win by the Cubs ended their 108-year title drought and left - you guessed it, the Indians as owners of the longest stretch since their most recent World Series win.
The Tribe have lost the World Series four times - and twice in Game 7 - since their last triumph in 1948.
Cleveland Indians Next Regular Season Game
Who is next in line to play against Cleveland? Pay attention to the specific opponent to decide if the fixture is worth placing wagers on. Pay close attention to the game lines as well.
One advantage the Indians have is their lights out bullpen. Between closer Cody Allen and set-up men Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw and Boone Logan, they are capable of shortening a game to six innings. If Cleveland is ahead heading to the seventh, you can put it in the win column.
Want to plan your wagers ahead throughout the course of the season? Have a look at the schedule below to find all the best games to place bets on.
A sure time to put your money on the Indians is during games within the division. Cleveland was an impressive 49-26 against AL Central opponents in 2016 and those 49 wins were the most of any AL team against divisional opposition.
What Are The Current Cleveland Indians Standings
There shouldn't be much for the Indians to worry about in terms of defending their title in the AL Central. It's baseball's weakest division and Cleveland was dominant within the group, especially against their closest rivals the Detroit Tigers, winning 14 of 18 games from Detroit. Two of those losses came after Cleveland had clinched the pennant.
The Tribe moved into first place on June 4 and took up permanent residence there for the remainder of the season.
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Cleveland Indians Online Betting Tips
While it's easy to criticize the Indians for blowing the World Series, it's just as easy to forget that they were minus their top hitter (outfielder Michael Brantley) and two-fifths of their starting rotation (Danny Salazar, Carlos Carrasco) for the entire Fall Classic.
Cleveland finished second to Boston in runs scored last season but still went out and added the best free agent bat out there during the winter when they added first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and his 42 homers and 127 RBI from Toronto.
Corey Kluber: The “Klubot"
Kluber, the ace starting pitcher for the Indians, joined the team in 2011 and was the AL Cy Young Award recipient in 2014.
In 2016, Kluber resembled his Cy Young self, posting an 18-9 slate with a 3.14 ERA and a stellar 1.056 WHIP. He is the linchpin of what is arguably the best starting rotation in all of baseball.