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While We’re Waiting… Pryor to Oakland, Thome to Cleveland?

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“It’s Oakland, yes, but JaMarcus Russell is a bad comparison. Vince Young and Cam Newton are better, though Pryor wasn’t the dominant college quarterback those two were. Brad Smith and Joshua Cribbs are fair comparisons, too, though Pryor is bigger and faster — on a stopwatch, anyway — than either of those two. Maybe he can be Antonio Gates, who never played a down of college football. Maybe he’ll just be the next Raiders workout warrior who doesn’t pan out. It’s a shame he didn’t land somewhere else.” [Jackson/FSO]

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“So, what gives? Well, over the past few years, Ubaldo has been throwing fewer first-pitch strikes (56.5% in 2010 and 53.9% in 2011) and missing fewer bats. His swinging-strike percentage has steadily decreased from 9.6 to 9.1 to 7.7 in each of the past three seasons. Predictably, hitters’ contact percentage against him has climbed from 77.3 to 78.2 to 81.6 over the past three years. If you throw fewer first-pitch strikes, you’re going to fall behind in the count more often. As a result, a pitcher can’t expand the zone as much, needs to throw over the plate and now the hitters have the upper hand. Ubaldo has thrown 45% of his pitches in the strike zone this year, up from 44.8 in 2010.

It might also be worth noting that Jimenez has thrown lower percentages of fastballs (61.4 in 2010 and 60.6 in 2011), sliders (15.4 in ’10 and 13.3 in ’11) and curveballs (9.3 in ’10 and 7.8 in ’11) this year. Changeups, on the other hand, have increased. That offering was featured 13.8% of the time a year ago, but is now worked in 18.4% of the time. The slider has been virtually non-existent over Ubaldo’s last three outings.” [Bastian/MLB.com]

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“Could Thome come home to Cleveland and, like Kenny Lofton in 2007, help the Indians as they try to get back into the playoff race? At first we thought, no way. Thome is a 41-year-old part-timer; surely he wouldn’t be an improvement over Hafner? But then we looked at the numbers. Since the All Star break: Hafner is batting .220, with a .642 OPS, 3 homers, 14 RBI and 31 strikeouts in 118 at bats. Thome is batting .300(!), with a .971 OPS, 6 homers, 21 RBI and 27 strikeouts in 90 at bats. Looks like an upgrade to us, at least on paper.” [Red Right 88]

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The NBA is locked out. Does anyone care-”Tuesday marks the 54th day of the lockout. With the NFL back in action and Major League Baseball heading into some exciting pennant races, fans have moved on. If you think the majority of the fans are clamoring for the NBA, you’re really out of tune. Maybe when the games are set to begin, there might be a slight ping in their stomachs. I know I’ll miss it once November comes along and the regular season was set to begin. I’d settle for some preseason games at this point.” [Finnan/News Herald]

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Finally, cry me a river Wade- “Obviously we went through a lot last year. It was unfair some of the stuff that we had to endure but we grew from it.” [The Point Forward]

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Ok, one more. Those are some hideous uniforms.

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  • 216in614

    Who knew the Indians not putting a claim on Delmon Young would cost us the season :(

  • stin4u

    Again, yes to Thome. No, to more starting pitching(huh?). No, no one really cares about the NBA lockout. The NBA is simply the crutch that gets us from the end of football to spring training.

  • The Conductor

    My boat is sinking, can you Thome?

  • TSR3000

    I doubt Thome will make the difference at this point.

    This team does not seem to care too much.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Andrew

    I feel horrible for Pryor that he ended up in Oakland. The Raiders just haven’t shown the kind of organizational skills to develop young talent in a very long time. I wanted to see him go somewhere where a franchise would be patient with him and help him continue to develop his skills to match his natural athletic gifts.

    And I for one deeply care about the NBA being locked out. It has made this summer miserable for me, and I’m so pissed about this because neither side is even working on a resolution. It’s frustrating beyond belief.

  • boomhauertjs

    @TSR3000 – I disagree. The almost comebacks on Sunday and in the 9th inning last night show this team still has some fight.

    @Wade – When you celebrate winning a championship before you play a single game, you deserve everything you got and more.

  • stevo

    I am nervous for when Nike takes over NFL uniform duties. Also, why do they continue to produce gloves that form some logo when brought together, when the refs are just going to flag for excessive celebration?

  • Swig

    I honestly haven’t thought about the NBA because… FOOTBALL!!!

    … but they better get their stuff together before the expected start of the season or they’ll lose fans, just like the NHL did in 2004. I’ll care a lot more as the “season” gets closer.

  • Garry Owen

    @ stevo:

    Don’t think for a single minute that Nike gives a hoot about the rules or integrity of the game. They want marketing and sales, and if that marketing comes in the form of 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalties – all the better! It gets talked about more.

  • bobby

    I actually think the NHL is doing well for itself now by creating a “new image” and kind of “cleaning” the game up a bit (although I miss the classic style especially the playoffs).

  • DK

    “I doubt Thome will make the difference at this point.

    This team does not seem to care too much.”

    100% agreed.

    and who cares about the NBA? no one in Cleveland does.

  • http://www.redright88.com Titus Pullo

    You hate to think it’s over for the Indians with 38 games left to play, but with the way the team is currently broken with injuries and whatnot, it’s hard to see them getting this turned around before it’s too late.

  • Goldenflash7903

    Nike does this Pro-Combat uniforms to show of thier technology. That is a huge reason why the NFL went with Nike to begin with. It is a showcase of what they are capable of. The design is secondary in most cases. These uniforms are no worse than some of the sideline hats Reebok has introduced over the years.

    I am a big fan of when Nike does this for colleges. Not to mention, it helps with recruiting when colleges can say Nike gives us a special makeup every year or so and it will be really different than what we usually wear. They are not meant for purposes for retail business, it is just a showcase.

    I am a little wierd in this regard, but I think the Georgia unis look good, sharp with really clean lines. I also am an Oregon Duck fan, and always enjoy what they trot out in.