September 6, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss (37) bats during the third inning against the Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Astros 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
3. Cleveland Indians
The Indians have arguably one of the most impressive rotations in the division. After a Cy Young winning season by Corey Kluber, he will once again be out to prove it was no mistake. Another year for Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar could allow both players to reach new heights as well.
Over the winter, the Indians made a key move in acquiring Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics. His bat should instantly pose a bigger threat in the lineup, and he will likely only increase his home run total being out of the Oakland Coliseum. Expect T.J. House to take steps forward, and a rebound year from Jason Kipnis, and the Indians could find themselves right in the thick of things.
While they may not have the ceiling of the top two teams in the division, it’s also worth noting that the Indians likely don’t have the floor of the bottom two either. Look for Cleveland to be a tough opponent all season long.