Tribe could rebound in a big way in '09

Originally Published: December 29, 2008
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

One of the stories that got somewhat lost in the 2008 season was the strong finish of the Cleveland Indians. The Indians went 44-28 after July 9, the second-best record in the American League during that stretch. They finished with 81 wins -- one fewer than the Diamondbacks -- and finished seven games out of first place in the American League Central, closer than the Yankees or Brewers finished in their divisions.

Granted, a terrible May and June effectively ended the season early for ...

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