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You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one… “Kershaw was just eight starts into his big-league career and sporting a 4.42 ERA when the Indians landed him in the CC deal, but he was generally regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. He’s developed into a Cy Young winner, and he and Adam Miller have emerged as the most dominant one-two, left-right punch in the Majors. Throw in lefty Chris Sale, who has made a splendid conversion to starting duties just two years after the Indians took him with the No. 5 overall pick in the Draft, and this is the most dangerous rotation in the game. No wonder the Indians are the heavy favorites to win their first World Series title since 1948.” [Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com]
“Improbabilities of reaction time, scope of field vision, swiftness of acceleration — all that voodoo that he can do so well — make [Braxton] Miller one of the best broken-field runners in Ohio State history. This at a place that has had had seven Heisman Trophy winners. Miller has very fast feet. He is not a long-strider, as were Robert Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and Terrelle Pryor. Terry Glenn, the Buckeyes’ 1995 Biletnikoff Award winner as college football’s best wide receiver, was tough to top in the open field. However, Miller sometimes creates his own open field.” [Bill Livingston]
Sign of things to come from the Chiz Kid? “Now back in the Indians lineup, the organization and the young third baseman are trying to make up for the time he missed. Chisenhall is getting opportunity to play nearly every day this month, especially against right-handed pitching. He is still trying to find his consistency—the consistency and timing he thought he had in June—but has had success at the plate since his return. In just 11 games back with the Tribe, he’s hit two home runs and driven in five.” [Did the Tribe Win Last Night?]
And finally, everyone remain calm: “Three weeks into a season is an incredibly small sample size. While I completely understand the passion of the fans and the reasonable demand for a better product on the field, calling for everyone’s jobs this early into a season is a mistake. If the team is still winless heading into their bye week and there’s nothing to hold on to, then it’s a different story. There would be nine games to take into account against a wide variety of opponents. If [Jimmy] Haslam were to make a change in such a case, I wouldn’t blame him. However, I don’t think it’s too much to give Shurmur more than three games into this season.” [Dawgs by Nature]