While We’re Waiting is the daily morning link roundup that WFNY has been serving up for breakfast for the last several years. We hope you enjoy the following recent collection of yummy and nutritious Cleveland sports-related articles. Anything else to add? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The numbers speak for themselves: With Santana behind the dish, Tribe pitchers have a 4.13 ERA, opposing baserunners are thrown out just 15.5 percent of the time (9 of 58) and the Tribe is 41-38. With Gomes, it’s a 3.68 ERA, a 46.9 percent (15 of 32) caught stealing rate and a 35-26 record.
Gomes, you could argue, has been the most valuable Indians player not named Kipnis.” [Castrovince/MLB.com]
Oof. You must check out the last graphic in this piece. Bottom right corner. “More than 68 percent of the league’s passes are short throws that target receivers either behind the line of scrimmage or within 10 yards of it. Some may find it surprising that many of the league’s passes target players behind the line of scrimmage. But screen passes and checkdowns are relatively common. Regardless, the most common throws by far are those short positive-yardage attempts.
Remember, the sideline data here are “polluted” by those out-of-bounds throwaways that count as incompletions. As a result, the completion percentages near the edges of the field might be lower than you expect. It turns out the sideline is very important to the NFL quarterback, both for targeting receivers and for getting rid of the football.” [Goldsberry/Grantland]
“Anyway, it would be extraordinarily pessimistic to suggest that the Browns’ 2013 season is already over. As I have suggested countless times over the last several months, the Browns possess a good deal of young, talented players. The current coaching staff is likely the most competent of the expansion era and there were still a few positives to take away from the opening day loss.
However, it’s far easier to view this season from an adjusted perspective. While the Browns are nowhere near the team recent headlines tried to establish them as, they are also not as bad as the team that struggled to score 10 points and couldn’t stop Brian Hartline.
Somewhere in between lies the kind of reality that you just can’t read about anymore.” [Kolonich/OBR]
What Rob Chudzinski wanted to say in his post-game presser. “If you squint really hard, it looks adequate. I mean, if his receivers manage to catch a few fastballs and the line doesn’t have him running for his life every 20 minutes, he probably looks…..acceptable? On the other hand, if you squint really hard, my aunt looks like my uncle. I hope his teeth are still rattling from when I shook the [redacted] out of him for throwing the ball away on our last obsession, on fourth down. Truly special work there.” [Finney/Dawgs by Nature]