There never seems to be a dull moment in Indianapolis. The same weekend the Colts get a solid 27 to 6 win over the Cleveland Browns in their third preseason game of the year the Indianapolis Indians clinch the IL West. The Indians won the IL West by sweeping the Rochester Red Wings and have put themselves in a position to have home field advantage throughout most of the playoffs. This is the second straight year the Indians have won the IL West but the first year I can say they should make it deep into the playoffs.
Alex Presley - OF (on being a part of back-to-back championships)
"It feels good. Last year I was fortunate enough to be here for the championship so this is my second time and we would have loved to do it at home, but it's great to get it out of the way too."
Players like Jordy Mercer and Alex Presley have seen the Pirates dug out about as much as they have seen Victory Field (and in some cases more). This has given opportunities to players such as Chase d’Arnaud and Josh Harrison to set up to the plate and help the Indians win – which they have done so in convincing fashion. Get ready Indianapolis because the city could be on the verge of celebrating another championship. At a bare minimum a strong showing that gets us into the second round should be expected…anything less should be considered a disappointment.
There is one position on the field, of the nine, that the Indians could find themselves a bit short handed in terms of talent and experience. That position is on the mound. If the Indians are going to struggle, outside of a disappointing collapse, it would be from the pitcher’s mound. The majority of the pitching staff is on the active 40 man roster for the Pirates and could easily be called up to help the Pirates with a possible run into the playoffs this year. Until activity starts though I am still expecting big things for the Indians and so should you. Make sure to get out to a game – the season is almost over and the playoffs are right around the corner. Strong teams like this are special, especially in the minor leagues and don’t come around often because of the nature of the business.
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