April 17, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Another Tribe walk-off, Weeden’s starting chances, and Cavs draft options

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Back-to-back walk-off wins for the Tribe and they couldn’t have been more different. A three run bomb versus a fielders choice. Oh, baseball. “Chris Perez, apparently wanting to up the drama of a game the Indians had been in complete control of for 8.2 innings and force me to completely re-write my recap, gave up a pair of two-out solo homers in the bottom ninth to tie the game at 4, unfortunately robbing Zach McAllister of a well-earned W.  (For the record, I know Perez has his detractors, but unless your name is Mariano Rivera, blown saves happen to even the best closers. Yes, it’s rarely easy with Perez, but that’s only his second blown save all season. He came into the game 6-for-7 on save chances with a 0.64 ERA, and it’s still just 1.80. Perez is the kind of pitcher who probably won’t be appreciated until he’s gone.)

Fortunately for Perez and the Tribe’s now 22-0 record when leading after six innings, the offense came right back in the bottom of the ninth. Jason Kipnis continued his “shut up everyone who said I should be moved down in the order” tour of May with a solid single to start the ninth. (Mea culpa, Jason, mea culpa).  Asbrubal Cabrera then made up for an earlier base running blunder by blasting a double to left. After walking Nick Swisher to load the bases, Mark Reynolds then drove in the winning run (his third RBI of the game) by smashing a grounder in the hole that Brendan Ryan grabbed on a dive, but his throw from the seat of his pants pulled Jesus Montero off the plate.

Back-to-back walk-off wins is certainly one way to start getting fans to take notice, and the Indians appeared to have another good crowd Saturday following up on Friday’s 34,000.” [Matt Hutton/It's Pronounced "Lajaway"].

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I’m really looking forward to a Browns training camp without a QB battle. Please, let this happen. “What you won’t hear Weeden say — but you know he has to be thinking — is that he likes his chances of remaining the Browns’ starting quarterback. The Browns didn’t trade for Alex Smith, a former No. 1 overall pick who has led a team to the NFC Championship Game. Cleveland didn’t draft a quarterback such as Geno Smith in the first round.

Instead, the Browns signed Jason Campbell and Hoyer, who is likely the last offseason addition for Cleveland that involves a quarterback. While Weeden understands why the Browns aren’t going to hand over the starting quarterback job to him, he also knows he could have faced stiffer competition for it. Campbell and Hoyer are journeyman who combined to play for seven teams (including their latest stop with the Browns) since 2009.

Campbell is an upgrade at the No. 2 quarterback spot over Colt McCoy, and Hoyer is clearly better than Thad Lewis at No. 3. Still, Weeden has to be considered the favorite to line up under center Sept. 8 against the Miami Dolphins.

Many forget that Weeden threw for 3,385 yards last season, which was more than rookiesRobert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson. Now, Weeden’s strong arm should be better utilized in a vertical passing attack compared to Pat Shurmur’s West Coast offense.” [Jamison Hensley/ESPN AFC North Blog].

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Ohio State’s baseball team fell short of winning the Big Ten title.

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I don’t want to even think about the Cavs landing in the sixth spot in the lottery. “So, how to attack this hypothetical scenario where Porter and Noel are off the board? If the basketball gods jai alai serve those kind of lemons in his direction, I personally would love to see Chris Grant put a little “f*** it” in his system and swing for the athletically-unique fences.


I call this plan the Chris Grant Lemonade Stand Deluxe Combo Special™.
Go ahead and take either 7’1” Alex Len from Maryland/Ukraine, or 7’1” Rudy Gobert from France. Gobert in particular has absolutely absurd length, with a 7’8.5” inch wingspan (!!) and a 9’7” standing reach (!!!!!!!!). There is a lot to like about both of these prospects, though there is also tons to pick apart. But, let’s let my master plan take shape before we freak out about the negatives.

Okay, so we just added a legitimate seven footer with great length and shot blocking talent in either Len or Gobert. With that 19th pick, the Cavs might be able to snag the 6’10” small forward, Dario Saric from Croatia. He brings some of the same court vision and offensive feel to the game that Porter does, though he’s much more raw on the defensive end and will have to navigate the culture shock of a new country, too. Or, perhaps the Cavs could go after 6’7” Russian, Sergey Karasev. While his height is average for a small forward, he is the son of a coach and possesses a deadly jumper. Size-wise, I prefer to think of him in a Sasha Pavlovic role under Mike Brown, where he can be a big two or an average three, depending on the lineup.” [Scott Barkett/The Bottom Up Show].

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Deshaun Thomas refused to give the San Antonio Spurs his cell number at the combine. That seems dumb.
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Trevor Bauer fascinates me. “So far, the Indians have allowed Bauer to be himself. Behind closed doors, they are likely offering suggestions, alternatives, or asking Bauer to explain himself. Players rave about Terry Francona as somebody who respects his players and is straightforward with them. As Justin Masterson said, via Matt Underwood on a recent TV broadcast, Francona treats the players like men. Respect, more often than not, is a mutual thing. The Indians visited with Bauer immediately after acquiring him to see his routine and talk to him about it. Bauer and pitching coach Mickey Callaway attended the same symposium at Ron Woolforth’s Texas Baseball Ranch. The Indians respect Trevor Bauer. And, in turn, he respects them.By allowing Bauer to be himself, the Indians are handling the situation properly. As I mentioned, Bauer’s philosophies are based on deep study. He truly believes that his approach is the best and that it makes the most sense. It’s clear that his belief is strong, hence the pushback towards the Diamondbacks’ front office. As difficult as it may be to sit idly by, the only way to get Bauer to change would be to allow him the chance to succeed or fail. If Bauer fails, he’s clearly perceptive enough to change. If Bauer succeeds, you let him be.” [Adam Burke/The Cleveland Fan]

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Good luck to all the folks today running in the Cleveland Marathon!

  • Scott/TheBottomUp

    Adam, I really liked your piece on Bauer. The idea of letting him have some big league success or failure *before* marching him into the principal’s office and trying to change him seems like the main difference between the ARI and CLE approaches. Little tweaks here and there, or at least productive conversations can be good, but I agree there’s no reason to attack the routine until it’s proven ineffective at the big league level.