They have 8-1 odds of winning the WS, according to Bleacher Report, although most would agree the odds to be better than 8-1. All this hype surrounds the increased chances of the Indians taking the Commissioner’s Trophy.
What stands in the Indians’ path to a 68-year-ending World Series drought?
A few things, actually—other teams upgraded their rosters to become World Series bound. Some of those teams stand a chance to knock the Indians off their winning path.
On both sides, these are just projections. But they are enough to set the hope/fear within. Here’s something to chew on:
The Chicago Cubs may get a second piece of the World Series this year. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and other “core” members of the World Series winning team have contracts until the 20’s. That could be a problem for the Indians if this year becomes an instant repeat of 2016.
Baseball Prospectus and FanGraphs both predict that the Indians would only rank second in the AL for wins. It would likely be the Boston Red Sox or Houston Astros that would face them in the ALCS—meaning the Indians would have another tough road to the World Series.