Indians’ young core poised to keep World Series window open for years to come

It’s hard to marshal much in the way optimism, hope, after what’s befallen the
Cleveland Indians
the last two postseasons. In the 2016 World Series, they frittered away a three-games-to-one lead over the
Chicago Cubs
and as a capstone endured an agonizingly white-knuckled loss in Game 7. This year, they won 102 games in the regular season and, unlikely 12 months prior, boasted a healthy rotation. In keeping with expectations, the Tribe barged to a 2-0 lead over the
New York Yankees
in the best-of-five ALDS. Joe Girardi’s grave managerial gaffe in Game 2 gave a veneer of certainty to the whole thing.

But because baseball is at time cruelly beholden to the unexpected, the Indians — strangely freighted down its best players — squandered the series lead and saw a season end with neither belt nor title for the 69th straight time. “Maybe next year” for squadrons like the Indians

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