The Cleveland Indians' best chance at a World Series ring in recent times was when they were leading 3-1 in the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox in 2007. Given the Red Sox's 4-0 slaughter of the redoubtable, but overmatched, Colorado Rockies, does anyone doubt that the Indians would have won in at most seven, if they had advanced? The Indians had a formidable lineup that year: Victor Martinez, Ryan Garko, Casey Blake, Grady Sizemore, and Jhonny Peralta all hit .270 or better, with Travis Hafner not far behind at .266. All of these, except Blake, also hit 20 or more home runs (18 for Blake). They also had two pitchers named C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee, who will start the World Series Game One in 2009 (neither as an Indian). Sabathia and Fausto Carmona were both Cy Young award candidates in 2 ...
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