4 months ago to the day, the Cavaliers broke the 52-year championship drought that hung over the city of Cleveland. Today, the Indians have officially clinched a spot in the 2016 world series after beating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0, and winning the series outright, 4-1. This team has shown complete domination over the AL this postseason, sweeping the Boston Red Sox in the division series, who were considered the favorites to win coming in.
Although this team had finished in second place in the American League this season, there was an extreme amount of doubt going in, with 2 of their top starting pitchers going down with season ending injuries in Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. But with all of this doubt, clutch hitting from the offensive side, and a strong effort from the bullpen, especially from Andrew Miller who is yet to give up a run in 11.2 innings pitched, has lead this team to a 7-1 record in route to the World Series.
Wrapping up their latest series so quickly will play a huge advantage with whoever they end up playing in the world series. Cleveland will have the next 5 days after to rest and recover until they play the winner of the Cubs and Dodgers on the 25th. A city that had 0 championships in the span of 52 years, could now be 4 wins away from winning 2 within the same year. Terry Francona, who helped break the Red Sox curse 12 years ago, now has possibility of helping break the curse of another franchise. The way he has been able to manage this team shows there is no reason not to believe that this team should be considered the favorite against whoever they play in the World Series. The curse of Cleveland has finally been broken and now there is reason to believe that it isn’t going to take 52 more years to get another one.