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Slumping Indians Fall to +1850 in World Series Odds; Kluber Suffers Setback in Rehab

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The Cleveland Indians have dropped from an American League playoff spot and now two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Corey Kluber's return from injury has been put on hold. Photo by Erik Drost. (Wikimedia Commons).
  • The Indians’ 2019 World Series odds slumped from +1533 two weeks ago to +1850 today
  • The Tribe were swept by the New York Mets and are 2-7 in their last nine games
  • The rehab assignment of two-time Cy Young-winner Corey Kluber was shut down due to an oblique injury

Things have suddenly gone so far south for the Cleveland Indians that fans are drawing hope from the knowledge that soon, it will be Browns season.

Cleveland’s three-year reign as American League Central champions looks like it’s about to end, and thanks to a recent skid, an AL Wild Card position is no longer a certainty.

Sportsbooks have taken notice. A cross-section of leading online betting houses show the 2019 World Series odds of the Tribe skidding from +1533 to +1850 in the span of two weeks.

2019 World Series Odds

Team Odds
Houston Astros +300
Los Angeles Dodgers +300
New York Yankees +350
Atlanta Braves +1000
Minnesota Twins +1600
Chicago Cubs +2000
Cleveland Indians +2000
St. Louis Cardinals +2000
Washington Nationals +2000
Tampa Bay Rays +2500

Odds taken on 08/23/19. 

The Indians haven’t won a World Series title since 1948.

Kluber News Is Oblique

The ace of the Indians won’t be rolling up his sleeves and going to work anytime soon.

Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber was working a rehab assignment on the weekend with AAA Columbus . He felt a pull in his side and left the game.

He’d been scheduled to throw between 75-80 pitches. Instead, Kluber left after 20 pitches due to what was later diagnosed as an oblique injury. He’ll be shut down for two weeks and then the injury is to be reassessed.

Kluber hasn’t pitched since May 1. He was struck by a line drive in a game against the Miami Marlins and suffered a broken arm.

Cleveland’s pitching staff is also without Carlos Carrasco, on the 60-day IL after being diagnosed with leukemia. Veteran starter Trevor Bauer was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds at the MLB trade deadline.

Bright Lights, Big City, Bad Baseball

The Tribe went 2-5 on a New York road trip – 2-2 against the New York Yankees and 0-3 New York Mets. The Indians are 8-13 over their past 21 games.

They also took it on the chin via social media from Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard after Cleveland’s Twitter account slighted New York’s National League club.

Cleveland is now 3.5 games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. Meanwhile, both the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays surged past Cleveland to occupy the two AL Wild Card postseason positions.

Oakland has gone 7-1 over the past eight games. The A’s took three of four from the AL West-leading Astros, followed by a three-game sweep of the AL East-leading Yankees.

The Rays also rediscovered their mojo, going 9-4 over their last 13 contests. Tampa Bay improved to a season-high 21 games above .500.

Centrally Located

The best thing the Indians have going for them at the moment is where they play.

You know how they say real estate is about location, location, location? Well, the Tribe just happen to be located in the abysmal AL Central, a division that’s home to the hapless Chicago White Sox, hopeless Kansas City Royals and helpless Detroit Tigers.

Cleveland is a combined 27-14 against those teams. The Indians play them 16 times over their final 44 games.

On Friday, the Tribe launch six straight against the Royals and Tigers. That’s followed by a key three-game set at Tampa Bay to close out the month.

The opportunity for the Indians to right the ship is right in front of them. They won’t win the World Series but a playoff spot is there for the taking.

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