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“Varejao and Bynum, together, is a pretty lethal combination of pure size and aggression. Varejao is somehow monstrously strong and incredibly savvy, Bynum is somehow incredibly skilled and unbelievably monstrous, physically. That’s a great pair to set up down low.
Irving can run the pick and roll with Varejao, and feed Bynum in the post, with a shooter in the corner (Waiters) Irving on the wing, and a floor-stretching shooter in the opposite corner. If Bynum shoots and misses, Varejao is there for the cleanup.
This, as your core concept, puts you at probably 45 to 48 wins and a playoff berth. Possibly a five-seed in the East. That would be pretty phenomenal growth for the Cavs.
Now you throw in Jarrett Jack, who you should believe will be on the floor late in games, with some sort of Irving-Jack-Waiters-Varejao-Bynum combination. It gives you even more options.” [Moore/CBS Sports]
“He would hold firm at his guaranteed offer of $1,207,688 more than the Cavaliers paid Daniel Gibson last season. That was as much of the salary cap he was willing to commit.
He knew the Cavs also offered Bynum a point guard in Kyrie Irving who is capable of rejuvenating a career put on hold by injuries last season in Philadelphia.
He knew he had a professional big man in Anderson Varejao who could inspire the former Sixer to compete on a daily basis. He knew he had just won the Jackquisition when nobody thought he would, and he knew he just drafted a young star who’s been compared to Larry Johnson and Charles Barkley that nobody thought he’d take.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]
Ubaldo’s 1st half– “The right-hander has most notably experienced a drastic improvement against left-handed hitters. Last year, lefties posted a .271/.375/.479 slash line against Jimenez, who has altered his approach some this year. He is relying more heavily on a splitter, which he didn’t use at his peak with the Rockies. Jimenez has reduced the number of two-strike sinkers to lefties, leaning more on that split and a four-seamer (according to brooksbaseball.net) when ahead in the count or looking to put the hitter away. The result so far has been a .229/.298/.414 slash line for left-handed hitters.
Right-handed hitters have dropped to .252/.380/.388 this year from .270/.354/.424 a year ago. Jimenez has increased his slider usage early in counts and reduced sinker usage with two strikes. Remember, that sinker was Jimenez’s main weapon back in his prime with Colorado. With its diminished velocity, he’s worked other pitches in more often. Jimenez has also cut down the number of curveballs he’s thrown this season.” [Castrovince/MLB]
Some hope for Trent Richardson– “A player’s yards per carry average can be inflated by a few large runs, and it can be deflated by the lack thereof. Richardson’s longest run was 32 yards; his second longest was 26, and both of those went for touchdowns. Those were Richardson’s only two carries of 20+ yards last year, and a 19-yarder against the Ravens was his only other run that cracked 15 yards. Personally, I’m not worried about Richardson’s ability to hit the home run. I suspect Richardson will easily eclipse two 20+ yard runs and three 15+ yard runs in 2013.
What’s more important is consistent success in the running game. One thing I like to look at is 1st and 10 runs. There were 24 players with 100 rush attempts in that situation last year. On average, the group gained at least 4 yards on 46.0% of their carries. Richardson actually eclipsed the average there, picking up 4 yards on 47.3% of his runs.” [Stuart/Football Perspective]
“Over the next decade or so, Thornton would become the main power source on the mostly second division Tribe teams. In his first season (1977) with the Tribe, he smacked 28 HR in route to a 263/378/527 149 OPS+ line. But shortly after the season ended, heartbreak would devastate Thornton and his family. On a drive back to West Chester, PA a sudden snowstorm broke out on October 17. Thornton’s wife Gertrude and his daughter Theresa lost their lives when the family van flipped into a ditch due to the icy road and heavy winds. His son Andre Jr. did survive the accident. Somehow, Andre came back in 1978 even more focused, 262/377/516 151 OPS+, 33 HR, 105 RBI and finishing 20th in MVP voting. That season even included him hitting for the cycle at Fenway Park, off 4 separate pitchers (April 22, 1978).” [Let’s Go Tribe]