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“Indians, Actual record: 54-70, WAR record: 51-73, Determination: Who cares?
All those years when the Indians sold out every game, the overwhelming feeling I would have when I came to Cleveland was pride. The Indians were good, the city was fired up, downtown was full of life, the place where I grew up just felt like the center of baseball. That’s how I feel now when I go to games in San Francisco. Except I didn’t grow up in San Francisco.
Cleveland since 2003 has not finished higher than ninth in the league in attendance — even when the Indians had pretty good teams — and now they’re 12th and it just feels dismal. The Indians are the only team in baseball to have a negative-WAR pitching staff, and they earn it. The only pitcher to have a WAR over 1.0 is strikeout machine Vinnie Pestano, and the four starters they have who have thrown at least 100 innings have a combined -3.2 WAR.” [Posnanski/Joe Blogs]
“ONGOING STORYLINE: From a talent standpoint, the Browns are still miles behind their divisional rivals. There’s a chance they can close that gap if Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden play to their draft position, but as typical Browns luck would have it Richardson has missed the preseason after having arthroscopic knee surgery. Weeden’s preseason has been a mixed bag, and he’s done some positive things, but the Browns offense has plenty to prove once the real games begin. And the defense still has to show it can stop the run and rush the passer.” [Jackson/FSO]
Can you just say ‘We’re starting a tradition’? How does that work exactly? “OH THE PAGEANTRY. Coach Tressel pioneered the postgame singing of Carmen Ohio facing the student section. If the Spring Game is any indication, Meyer plans to embrace that ritual, but it seems he’s also going to add one of his own.” [Beck/Eleven Warriors]
“With the injuries suffered by their defensive tackles rookie Billy Wynn got the chance to start against the Eagles. He showed great hustle on the first play from scrimmage, making up a lot of ground to tackle LeSean McCoy on a screen. The next series was his highlight of the game as he knifed into the backfield past a Demetress Bell block and tackled McCoy for a significant loss. Although he didn’t do anything in the pass rushing department, he only rushed the QB seven times.” [Breitenbach/Pro Football Focus]
Finally, Cavaliers rookie Tyler Zeller has a front row seat to Fab Melo’s unfortunate incident. (Video) [Ball Don't Lie]