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Francona hasn´t watched Indians´ game seven loss to Cubs

15 February 2017 01:37

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is yet to watch any of his team's loss to the Chicago Cubs in game seven of the MLB World Series.

Francona is not one to dwell on the past, even though he was named American League (AL) Manager of the Year this past season and his club won the AL Central en route to a World Series appearance.

While the past includes the Indians' extra-inning loss to the Cubs, Francona admitted Tuesday he has not watched a second of the game. 

"I don't spend a lot of time on what has already happened," he told reporters. "It doesn't do any good."

It does not do Francona any good predicting what will happen this season, but the Indians are in great shape to return to the World Series.

Cleveland are expecting All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley and starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar to start the season in full health.

Plus, they have added All-Star slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

"At this time of year, everyone is at glass half-full," Francona said. "We have good reason to be."

With the Cubs winning their first World Series title since 1908, the Indians have the longest drought in the majors.

Francona is interested in seeing how the Indians respond to it. 

The Indians never lost more than three in a row this past season, the only team in the majors to manage that.

With the big three (Andrew Miller, Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw) returning in the bullpen, Cleveland could very well emulate the Kansas City Royals' 2015 season and go from game seven World Series losers the year prior to winning it all the next season. 

"There are a lot of unknowns," Francona said.

"Just being brutally honest, it could go one of two ways. They could come back with a sense of entitlement, or they can come back being hungry, knowing where they were and be like, man, I want to get back there again. My bet is on number two with this team."

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