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Jordan Bastian does some Tribe math regarding the path to winning the AL Central, “That being the case, Cleveland would need to go 25-16 over its final 41 games in order to achieve 87 wins, taking the division title outright. Given the Indians’ win-loss output to this stage in the game, the team needs to catch fire and a few breaks in order to piece together a winning streak.” [Major League Bastian]
You want a real lefty starter (i.e. Not David Huff)? Matt Packer may be that guy coming up through the system. Jim at IPI has the details in his Around the Farm, “How good has Matt Packer been since July 7th? He’s gone 5-3, with a 1.99 ERA. If you take away his one bad start on August 9th, he’s drops that stellar ERA to 1.32. In those nine starts, he’s gone eight innings or better five times and seven innings or better three times, with that one lone bad start in the middle. He’s definitely back in the mix with regards to starting in the future for the big league club, and may be the best lefty option in the near future. Packer struggled to regain his rhythm as the season starter, but he’s definitely back. It will be extremely important for Packer to avoid early season struggles at Columbus next year. Should he start off with the form that he’s showcased for all of last season, and the second half of this one, he immediately makes the loss of Drew Pomeranz, Alex White and Joe Gardner more palatable.” [Indians Prospect Insider]
Patrick at Fear The Sword has a look forward to the 2012 NBA Draft and the small forward position, one hole the Cavaliers will likely be looking to fill. Here’s what he had to say about Harrison Barnes, “Harrison Barnes appears to have made a full recovery from his lackluster start to his college career. Labeled by some as the number one overall prospect in the upcoming draft, even over highly-touted power forward prospect Anthony Davis, Barnes has been able to shut up critics with his impressive play towards the end of last season and his desire to work hard and attempt to win an NCAA Championship at UNC. Barnes also seems to have carved out an image of himself as a clutch player in college basketball. ” [Fear The Sword]
Finally, did you catch this close call? Little League pitcher Braydon Salzman of the Huntington Beach, California team caught a line drive off the bill of his cap. Thankfully, he was okay and able to continue playing. [Big League Stew]