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“Pitching has carried the Indians in a 14-6 September. The team ERA this month is 2.83, but the starters’ mark is better — 2.69. The pitching has been sound for longer than this month though; the Indians have an overall ERA of 3.38 in August and September, and since the All-Star Break the ERA is 3.14, which ranks fourth in baseball and second in the American League.
The sum remains greater than the parts. The Indians used eight pitchers to win on Sunday, and the staff has just three pitchers with 10 or more wins on a team that has won 86 games. Francona has managed a large group of relievers that includes several September callups, and he’s doing it to the team’s benefit.” [McManamon/FSO]
“The game against the Minnesota Vikings worked to prove two things with the Browns offense: Josh Gordon is an impact player defenses are forced to counter and that even average quarterback play made a huge difference.” [Smith/Dawg Pound Daily]
“The 2013 punting, unwatchable as it is for us, doesn’t represent the low point. If we Browns fans know anything, we know the conventional wisdom on the developmental timeline for rookie QBs. God do we know. So let’s say we wind up with Teddy OMG Bridgewater in 2014. He is granted a three year bogey until you can start deciding whether he’s the guy. Sanchez/Jets anyone? Freeman/Bucs ring a bell?
Joe Banner has got 2018 circled on his calendar. Who knows who will be the defensive coordinator or whether the new guy will need his own system with his own personnel set. Who knows what offense the new HC will run in 2016 after Banner fires Chud for going 6-26* this year and next?” [Kanicki]
“J.D. Martinez swung and missed against a changeup from Indians lefty Scott Kazmir on Saturday night, heading back to the visitors’ dugout without his bat. He flailed, lost his grip and flung the strip of lumber beyond the camera well down the third-base line. It was an emphatic strikeout that ended the seventh inning and helped Cleveland extend a franchise record.
Entering Sunday’s game against Houston, the Indians’ pitching staff had piled up 1,291 strikeouts, marking the most in a single season in franchise history. Kazmir’s 10 punchouts Saturday against the Astros also gave the Tribe three pitchers with at least 150 strikeouts, tying a club record. [Bastian/MLB.com]
Finally, a new mascot in Oakland. That’s awful. [@FoxSportsFowler]