When the Cleveland Indians brought on Terry Francona to manage the team in 2013 they were hoping that he could bring the winning ways he had in Boston with him. So far it's been a good start as the Indians have finished with a winning record in all three of their seasons with Francona as the manager entering the 2016 campaign. The next step for this organization is to become a playoff team and see how far they can go in October.
The Indians went through a lot of rough years prior to Francona and he and the management team have got them on the right track. It won't be long before this team is a yearly playoff contender and it's why Cleveland Indians odds are becoming more attractive to baseball bettors.
Cleveland Indians Next Game
To see what the odds are for the Indians next game, check below. The moneyline odds listed there are what's being offered at sportsbooks for you to wager on Cleveland winning that contest.
The Indians are hoping to take that next step as an organization soon. For bettors, it all starts with tracking the Cleveland Indians baseball schedule – found below - and finding strong “play on” spots throughout the year.
Cleveland Indians Scores And Standings
Watching the Cleveland Indians standings placement rise in the coming years should be fun for Indians fans. This year's current MLB standings are found below.
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Francona's hiring was not meant to be a saviour for the franchise, but rather let Francona bring in and establish a winning culture within the organization. This is a manager who had plenty of success with the Boston Red Sox in the mid-to-late 2000's and grabbed two World Series rings along the way. Grabbing an established head man with some hardware was a priority for the Indians as they had been floundering in obscurity for quite some time.
The players responded with a 92-win campaign in Francona's first season, but they were ousted in the Wild Card game. End result aside, that 2013 campaign was the first step in the reclamation project that was the Indians and a sign of things to come. Cleveland brought home the most money for bettors that year of any MLB team (a $100 bettor was up nearly $2500 had they bet on Cleveland to win every single game) and that didn't go unnoticed by the sportsbooks. Oddsmakers had envisioned the Indians turnaround to take a little longer than it did and had to start pricing them like a mid-to-upper level team in this league.
Since then, there have been varying issues that have halted the Indians rise, whether it was injuries or just underperforming relative to expectations. However with young stars like 2B Francisco Lindor leading the way on the field, and a pitching staff that is talented and deep (Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin, Trevor Bauer), the Indians are definitely a team MLB bettors have to keep on their radar.