Cleveland Indians Scribbles: 2019 season has been a worst-case scenario – Terry Pluto

In spring training, the Indians’ battle plan to win the Central Division was to rely on an elite starting rotation and two projected MVP candidates.

The Twins are pounding the ball and rank first in the American League in runs scored, doubles and homers.

The Indians have problems beyond the cut in payroll that led to All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley leaving Cleveland for Houston.

Manager Terry Francona talked about Bauer making a change in his throwing routine between starts to regain his control.

The Indians hoped to get lucky, signing veterans Hanley Ramirez and Carlos Gonzalez to supply some offense.

But between the rise of the Twins, the injuries to the rotation and slumps of key veterans -- the Indians are in a very rough spot.

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