The Cleveland Indians are going to the World Series, and it's time to take them seriously

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The Cleveland Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948, but that long drought may soon come to an end.

With a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, the Indians won the American League Championship Series in five games and punched their tickets to the Fall Classic.

They'll face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Chicago Cubs when the World Series gets underway next Tuesday.

Regardless of their opponent, though, it's time to talk about the overlooked Indians, because they have the tools to win it all this year.

So much of the 2016 season was spent buzzing about the Chicago Cubs, their 107-year World Series drought, their overwhelming young talent, their quirky clubhouse and their supposedly cursed franchise. Entering the season, Las Vegas pegged Chicago as the favorite to win the World series with 4-1 odds.

This was the Cubs' year.

But here come the Indians, whose 67-year World Series drought is second to the Cubs'.

The franchise has seen its ups and downs. Cleveland failed to make the postseason every year between 1969 and 1993, during which the Indians had a winning record only four times. They had a good run in the 1990s, winning their division five consecutive times, but lost the World Series in 1995 and 1997 — their last appearance.

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Cleveland Indians players celebrate the 7-4 win to clinch the Central Division of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Monday, September 26, 2016. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Cleveland Indians players celebrate the 7-4 win to clinch the Central Division of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Monday, September 26, 2016. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 26: Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians pours champagne on a teammate after clinching the Central Division Championship after defeating the Detroit Tigers 7-4 at Comerica Park on September 26, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 26: Cleveland Indians player celebrate clinching the Central Division Championship after defeating the Detroit Tigers 7-4 at Comerica Park on September 26, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Roberto Perez #55 after defeating the Boston Red Sox to win the American League Division Series on October 10, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: The Cleveland Indians celebrate defeating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in game three of the American League Divison Series to advance to the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: The Cleveland Indians celebrate defeating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in game three of the American League Divison Series to advance to the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: The Cleveland Indians celebrate defeating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in game three of the American League Divison Series to advance to the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians (C) celebrates after defeating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in game three of the American League Divison Series to advance to the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates in the clubhouse after defeating the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of ALDS at Fenway Park on Monday, October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays with a score of 3 to 0 in game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Oct 19, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (41) celebrates after making the final catch to beat the Toronto Blue Jays in game five of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Cody Allen #37 and Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays with a score of 3 to 0 in game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays with a score of 3 to 0 in game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Oct 19, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrates beating the Toronto Blue Jays in game five of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with his teammates in the locker room after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays with a score of 3 to 0 in game five to win the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with his teammates in the locker room after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays with a score of 3 to 0 in game five to win the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with his teammates and the William Harridge Award in the locker room after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays with a score of 3 to 0 during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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This postseason, Cleveland has lost only one game after sweeping the Red Sox in the first round and making quick work of the Blue Jays in the ALCS.

The best playoff teams are defined by dominant pitching, clutch hitting, and a little bit of magic.

The Indians have all three.

The Indians acquired reliever Andrew Miller in July.

The Indians acquired reliever Andrew Miller in July.

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That starts with the thing championship teams have relied on in past years — a dominant bullpen, led by Cody Allen and All-Star Andrew Miller, both of whom have yet to allow a run this postseason.

The Indians pitching staff as a whole has been stalwart as well. Facing the Red Sox and Blue Jays, two of the best offenses in baseball, Indians pitchers have allowed less than 2 runs per game — on average — in the postseason.

Brian Dozier had more home runs than any other second baseman in 2016.

Brian Dozier had more home runs than any other second baseman in 2016.

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Cleveland didn't hit as many home runs as the Orioles, or get on base as much as the Red Sox did during the regular season. But the Indians' ability to hit in the clutch makes them a formidable postseason team. With runners in scoring position, the Indians hit 519 RBI during the regular season, the most among American League playoff teams.

Terry Francona led the 2004 Red Sox to their first World Series since 1918.

Terry Francona led the 2004 Red Sox to their first World Series since 1918.

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Then there's manager Terry Francona, who has led six teams to the postseason in the past 12 years. And if there's one thing Francona is familiar with, it's ending championship droughts. He managed the 2004 Red Sox team that won its first World Series since 1918.

And if you believe in postseason magic, fans are already drawing parallels between the 2016 Indians and the 2004 Red Sox. Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer's bloody finger in Game 3 of the ALCS bore a striking resemblance to Curt Schilling's bloody sock in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS, both teams managed by Francona.

Bottom line is Francona knows how to push the right buttons under the brightest lights, and he might have a bit of playoff mojo on his side.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has been spotted at a couple Indians games this year.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has been spotted at a couple Indians games this year.

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The good vibes are rolling in Cleveland.

LeBron James can feel it. The Indians' masterfully snarky Twitter account can feel it. The Red Sox and Blue Jays have felt it, and the national league pennant winner is about to.

Say what you will about the Cubs.

The Indians have arrived, and they won't go down quietly.

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