July 25, 2014

While We’re Waiting… talking with Mark Price, Ubaldo’s problem and Tristan the comedian

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Brendan Bowers talks with a Cavalier legend- “Mark Price: Kyrie, to me, reminds me a little bit of Isiah Thomas, a guy that I played against. He has the ability to score the ball, but also has done a good job of running the team and getting his other teammates involved too. He’s probably a little bit bigger than Isiah, but the way that he played, he’s a guy that I look at as a good comparison to the way that Kyrie plays.” [Bowers/Cleveland.com]

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“Fact is, between his on-the-mound issues and now this incident Sunday, Jimenez has done little to endear himself to his new surroundings. Trades of this magnitude are best judged with the benefit of time, of course, but one important element of this acquisition (the late-season race with the Tigers last year) can be chalked up as a loss, and all the Indians have learned about Jimenez in the last eight months is that he’s an unpolished, unfinished project, not an ace. And now his maturity is being called into question, as well. Jimenez — and only Jimenez — can alter that reality. He can make the Indians look wise for acquiring him and make the Rockies rue the day they dealt him. But the only way to do that is to refine that complicated delivery, harness those raw emotions and recapture that 2010 form. Unfortunately, that guy who took the mound Sunday did not appear ready to do any of those things. Here’s hoping it’s a different guy on the mound in-season.” [Castrovince/MLB.com]

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Going beyond Blackmon, Wright and Floyd- “Of course history could repeat itself in a few weeks. Another Heckert trade could be in the offering which would drop the Browns out of the draft’s top five. In such a scenario, the Browns could wait until the second round to find a wide receiver – similar to what happened in 2011. While this prospect is not as exciting, it’s worth noting that both Little and Baltimore’s Torrey Smith were solid second round picks last April.

Of the players who could fall into the second round, Sanu could be considered a steal. While not as physical as the first day talent, Sanu is a smooth runner and receiver who has experience in Rutgers’ pro style offense. Another victim of a poor Scouting Combine performance, Sanu is an interesting option for the Browns at the top of the second round.” [DK/The OBR]

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“Entering the NBA Draft seems the next logical step for Sullinger, who surprised many by not leaving school a year ago. He’s not going to be a top five pick — and he might not be a top 10 pick — but he’s going to be a lottery pick when he does pick the NBA. He’s averaged a little over 17 points and almost 10 rebounds per game over two college seasons and helped the Buckeyes to two outstanding seasons, including a Final Four appearance this year. As far as the pounding he takes — and gives — in the paint, he might as well start getting paid for it.” [Jackson/FSO]

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Finally, Tristan Thompson: team comedian- “Ask Coach Scott. I’m the reason he still looks young. If it wasn’t for me, he’d have more wrinkles than he does. He might need some Botox. Yeah, I definitely like broadcasting. And I’m looking forward to getting into it when my career is done. Hopefully that’s another 15 or 20 years from now, but it’s something that I’d be interested in.” [Cavs.com]

  • Boomhauertjs

    As Ubaldo’s ERA hovers around 5 all season, I can’t wait to hear the excuses coming Shapponetti. I was against that trade from the start and even more against it today.

  • Jack

    why? because of the maturity thing? alex white already has a DUI.

  • Jack

    let him pitch with us under new leadership with add’l stability before assuming he will not be good in 2012

  • Boomhauertjs

    If spring training is any indication, Ubaldo’s velocity is still below what it was in 2010. And what proof does anyone have that he will be “good”? One good half of a season in 2010 and a mediocre career otherwise? Not the type of player worth your best pitching prospect.

  • Harv 21

    Agree. They needed him to help last year when they had an opening in the division and he was just a mess. Based on his lower velocity and attitude probs in Colorado before the trade this was more like an Antonetti wild haymaker than a smart, calculated risk. Didn’t like this trade when it was made, and seems like a bad gamble by a rook GM.  

  • TSM

    Pomeranz is only 22 or 23 and already the 3rd starter for the Rockies.  Ubaldo seems to me hot headed, immature, and hid delivery has more moving parts than my golf swing.  This trade could prove to be worse that the Lee and CC trades.  

  • TSM

    Pomeranz is only 22 or 23 and already the 3rd starter for the Rockies.  Ubaldo seems to me hot headed, immature, and hid delivery has more moving parts than my golf swing.  This trade could prove to be worse that the Lee and CC trades.  

  • EyesAbove

    Pomeranz is a solid prospect, but he also throws 91 and only has 2 pitches. He is very much a work in progress, he’s also their 5th starter at the moment, not that it matters a whole lot in the grand scheme of things. Just saying. 

    He could be the next Cliff Lee or the next David Huff, time will tell. I watched all 5 of his starts last season and he reminds me of Buerhle more than anyone else. 

    Time will tell if this was a decent trade or not. We’ll see.  

  • Steve

     Ubaldo hit 96 in spring training, which is what he threw in 2010. And where did this idea that it was only a good half a season come from? He had an otherworldly half a season. In 2008, 2009 and the second half of 2010, he put up a 3.73 ERA with over 8 k/9 and averaged over 200 IP/season. Fantastic numbers for Colorado. In the first half of 2010, he was the best pitcher in baseball, otherwise he’s just been only a top 15-20 pitcher in the game since he became a regular, including his time in Cleveland.

  • EyesAbove

    Other than 2011 he’s been solid. Maybe not a world beater, but definitely above average. Even last year, the worst season of his career, he posted a 3.5 WAR, along with 4.3 in 08, 5.9 in 09 and 6.4 in 2010. 

    Obviously the early returns on this deal haven’t looked all that promising, we did give up a lot to get him. However, its too soon to declare him a lost cause.

  • 5KMD

    Sometimes those best pitching prospects turn out to be Adam Miller and Jared Wright. At least they tried.

  • Harv 21

    Mark Price agrees with me that Irving = Isiah … science!