The Cleveland Indians clinched their first AL Central title since 2007 on Monday night, and they did it against the division rival Tigers in Detroit.
While Terry Francona's club has been hit with a ton of adversity this season, they keep finding different ways to win, which could mean trouble for their postseason opponents.
Here are five reasons why the Indians can win the World Series.
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The Francona Factor
If anyone is up to the challenge of breaking a 68-year World Series title drought, it's Francona. After all, he did reach legendary status after leading the Red Sox to a World Series title in 2004, breaking an 86-year "curse."
Francona is regarded by many as one of the best managers in the game. He has a winning resume, which has given his players the confidence to buy in to his style and approach. He has established an atmosphere -- both on the field and in the clubhouse -- that has given his guys the best chance to succeed.
It's easy to see the Indians are all-in with Francona and they trust him to be the guy that leads them to the promised land.
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It's Miller Time
The Indians' acquisition of Andrew Miller was arguably the most impactful move of this year's trade deadline. Not only has he been lights out with a 1.69 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings pitched, but he's brought versitility and flexibility to the Tribe's bullpen.
Francona has been able to use Miller in a multitude of ways -- from set-up man to closer and even for the occasional six-out save -- which has allowed the Indians to get the most out of all of their relievers. Cleveland has the best bullpen in the AL with a 3.32 ERA and .231 BAA, which is second in all of MLB.
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The World's Largest Chip
The Indians are playing with a giant chip on their shoulders, which could work in their favor in October. After losing their best player, Michael Brantley, to injury for the season, the Indians set out to prove their doubters wrong. And they have done just that.
And with recent injuries to star pitchers Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco, this team is even more motivated to show that they can rise above whatever adversity is thrown at them. And they just might be scrappy enough to do it.
Party At Napoli's
It's the catch phrase sweeping the nation: Party At Napoli's. Well, maybe it hasn't quite hit the national spotlight just yet, but it's bound to catch on during the Tribe's postseason run.
There's a great story behind the slogan that all started with a die-hard fan and a homemade t-shirt, but the phrase has become the team's rally cry.
The Indians' signing of veteran slugger Mike Napoli flew under the radar this offseason, but it has turned into one of the best free agent deals in the club's history. Napoli's production at the plate -- 132 hits, 34 homers, 101 RBI -- has provided a much-needed boost to a once lifeless offense and his clubhouse presence has been invaluable to this young, flourishing team.
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To those who haven't followed the Indians this season, it's hard to describe how special this team is. They've overcome so much adversity -- from multiple major injuries to to their starting catcher and All-Star outfielder, to PED suspensions, and devastating blows to their starting rotation -- it's pretty unbelivable that they even got to where they are right now. But this team has banded together and developed an unbelievable bond, and it shows every night. This is a special, tight-knit group and it's clear they're having fun every time they take the field. That's something you can't measure with any statistic -- and it could be the thing that carries them to a World Series championship.