The year 2012 is supposed to mark the beginning of the contention window for the upstart Cleveland Indians. Surprising many last season with their hot start, injuries derailed what would otherwise be a successful campaign, ultimately leading to a finish of 80-82.
Which makes the over/under (per Vegas Watch) of 75.5 somewhat disheartening. While this total is not necessarily reflective of where Vegas thinks the Indians will finish (as opposed to a line to stir equal-weighted wagering), the fact that the Wahoos currently slate fourth in the AL Central is not a vote of confidence in the court of public opinion.
Also worth pointing out is the 11.5-game gap between Prince Fielder’s Detroit Tigers and the rest of the AL Central, surprisingly represented by the Kansas City Royals.