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IBI Power Poll: How many wins in 2013?

IBI Power Poll: How many wins in 2013?
April 1, 2013
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The IBI Power Poll has been a resounding offseason success. With the season kicking into full gear, this will be the last regular weekly power poll. Power Polls will crop up from time-to-time, but they won’t return as a weekly feature until October (hopefully, late October) of 2013.
Today’s Power Poll is pretty straight forward. In 2012, the Cleveland Indians finished with the fifth-worst record in all of baseball at 68-94. My how things have changed since Manny Acta was fired on September 27th. The Indians have upgraded their on-the-field management with Terry Francona, and revamped their on-the-field product with multiple, high-level, free-agent signings. Can guys like Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Drew Stubbs, Trevor Bauer, Mike Aviles, Brett Myers and Mark Reynolds make a big impact in the win column?
The Indians are clearly improved on paper, but how much have they really improved? The black & white of true improvement lies in one area, and one area only: wins. How many wins will the Cleveland  Indians end up with in 2013?

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at

User Comments

April 1, 2013 - 7:45 PM EDT
I see the Tribe as basically being a 83-84 win team. The offense should be interesting, but I'm concerned there are going to be a lot of strikeouts with runners in scoring position.

Pitching could be pretty good or just awful, but thankfully we won't have to watch Carmona/Heredia/Hernandez go through any more meltdowns.
Common Cents
April 1, 2013 - 7:20 PM EDT
For the record, Vegas odds had the Indians at 79 wins in 2012. They are always dead on. They also had the Yankees and Red Sox ahead of the Giants. PERFECTO! Just checked, and they have odds of me being a douche set at 100%. THOSE odds are dead on, so they do get something right.
Common Cents
April 1, 2013 - 7:01 PM EDT
For the record, the average fan in this poll thinks the Indians will win about 10 more games than the Las Vegas odds markets. Rose colored glasses.
Ron Vollmar
April 1, 2013 - 5:03 PM EDT
It is all about the starting pitching.

The idea that there are two or three candidates getting better every day in Columbus is a very positive situation.

I still did not figure out, how the Indians did not get a game Monday.

Thanks for the great coverage this spring, I really enjoyed it. There was a very nice article on McAllister the other day.

I found your coverage as well as the group of writers very entertaining and informative.

Thanks again, I have high hopes for Kazmir.

WE have a pretty strong fantasy baseball league, now in its 9th season. The number of Indian keepers and they additional Indians picked up in our 11 player draft and eventually the waiver wire yesterday was impressive.

If this is an informed indicator, The Indians should be a fun watch this summer and fall.
April 1, 2013 - 2:51 PM EDT
Lots of optimism here. I went with 90 wins, I think they start out slow, due in large part to Ubaldo and Myers dragging them down, and then have a 2005-esque finish led by strong performances from Chisenhall, Carrasco and Masterson. Of course, logically they will be lucky to get to .500, as the Central should be tougher this year with Detroit and KC upgrading significantly. They have been a tough team to project for a long time, which has carried over to their actual performance where for 2-months they look like division winners and then the rest of the season they look like the worst team in baseball. Which makes them one of the more interesting teams to watch to start this year.
April 1, 2013 - 2:32 PM EDT
I'm in the 83-86 win camp. Still think this rotation is a big wildcard. They have the talent to be fantastic, but the inconsistency to be frustrating as hell.
MT88 in WI
April 1, 2013 - 2:12 PM EDT
Additions of Francona, Avilies bigger then originally thought.
April 1, 2013 - 1:15 PM EDT
I'm not putting any numbers up there, I'm superstitious. Everybody is picking the Tigers for first in the Central and the Astros for last in the West. If you watched them last night you got a glimpse of a fun season with surprises. Let's see what happens...
April 1, 2013 - 1:09 PM EDT
I'm going with 94 wins. I think that the improvements with the defense in the OF and adding Chiz, Swish, Bourn and more pitching depth (especially in the BP) will put this team in contention all year.

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