Having great expectations is one thing. Living up to them is a whole other story. The Indians discovered precisely how difficult it can be. After winning 93 games in 2005, they followed up with a 78-win campaign a year ago. Don't expect a repeat performance.
Their lineup is loaded with talent. Travis Hafner carries a huge stick and knows how to use it. Grady Sizemore is on the fast track to superstardom. Victor Martinez should be a household name before long.
Combine this potent offense with the Tribe's solid rotation, and it's a recipe for success. C.C. Sabathia could be a potential Cy Young candidate. Steady and reliable Jake Westbrook has 44 wins the last three seasons. Jeremy Sowers (7-4, 3.57 ERA in 14 career starts) is the secret weapon and looks ready to deliver many wins.
Was it enough? Will the Tribe make the leap to perennial playoff contender, or it is going to be another long year in Cleveland? Let us know what you think.