Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“One loss doesn’t make Ohio State a fraud. The Big Ten is certainly weak and in winning 24 straight games to start Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes career, Ohio State barely had a landmark win. But a loss to a good team doesn’t ruin everything. Ohio State is still loaded with talent, and the combination of Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde running the ball for more than 100 yards each doubled the number of 100-yard rushers Michigan State has allowed this season. Moving forward, keep an eye on Ohio State’s defensive front. They were young this season, but have a pair of budding stars in ends Joey Bosa and Noah Spence (plus it’s still possible star linebacker Ryan Shazier could return for his senior year). [Brown/Sports on Earth]
“As pretty much everyone has acknowledged, the problems with our rotation heading into 2014 is not a lack of bodies, it is a lack of certainty about the bodies. None of the seven guys we have with major league experience constitutes a safe bet. Four or five of them have potentially top-half of the rotation stuff, but only Masterson has demonstrated that ability for any sustained time. I think the bigger problem is what happens if two or three of these guys don’t work out. TJ House is the only starting pitcher on the 40-man with no MLBexperience, and he does not profile as a high-ceiling “breakout” kind of pitcher. If the Indians don’t sign an established starter (and it seems as if they won’t), they pretty much need to sign one or two guys who can pitch in Columbus and potentially surprise (like Kazmir, last year). Those kind of signings don’t typically come until late January, though.” [Let's Go Tribe]
“What do they need? The lineup looks set so they need a starting pitcher to replace free agent Ubaldo Jimenez. Maybe Ubaldo Jimenez?
How’s the bullpen shaping up? Replacing Chris Perez at closer with Cody Allen should be a minor step up, but they’ve also lost Joe Smith, their primary setup guy in recent seasons. The Indians’ pen went 33-16 in 2013 but a 3.62 ERA in 2013 — eighth in the AL — so the win-loss record was a little bit misleading. A trade is more likely here than spending on a free agent.
Will they be shopping Asdrubal Cabrera? This is an interesting one. Top prospect Francisco Lindor reached Double-A last season and just turned 20 years old, but his glove may be big-league ready. Could that lead to a trade for Cabrera, in the final year of his contract? It seems like a long shot to bet on Lindor being rushed, but the Indians could play Mike Aviles at short until Lindor is possibly ready at midseason.” [Schoenfield/AL Central Blog]
Tweet of the day.
I no longer know what is pass interference/ a clean catch/ or an illegal hit. NFL is a league in disarray.
— daryl l. feyedelem (@BuckeyeDejaVu) December 8, 2013
Video of Calvin Johnson turning into a snowball on a catch. [NFL on Twitter]