Are the Cleveland Indians Legitimate Contenders?

Nobody would have guessed that by August 11th, 2011, the Cleveland Indians would be 2 games out of first place in their divison with a winning record. Especially looking back over the last two seasons and seeing that the Indians have had a 97 and 93 loss season. But is the under dog team a legit contender in the playoffs this year? In my opinion, the Indians are strong yes, but not a contender in the AL. The AL is loaded with power house teams such as the Red Sox and the Yankees and the Indians would have a hard time getting passed a team like the Rangers or even the Angels. But there is also the thought of that under dog team, which have been showing up every where lately in the playoffs. The Cleveland Indians are making a strong showing this season and possibly showing they’re going to be a force in seasons to come., but I don’t think they have all the tools to put a World Series contending team together yet. I do see them progressing in the future and eventually being a power house in the AL and even the MLB. They can use a few more players to add to they’re young gun team that can push them there, starting with the addition of starting pitcher Ubaldo Jiminez. They should add another bat or two to help out Asdrubal Cabrera, Travis Hafner, and Shin-Soo Choo this off season. But as of this year, I don’t think they have the ability to beat the big teams in the AL to get to the fall classic. What do you think?

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