Silly season: Both Grantland’s Andrew Sharp and Bleacher Report’s Michael Pina wrote about the chaos of Cavs rumors yesterday. It has officially become a national circus. Thankfully, it’s all over today. That’s because the draft is Thursday. Remember that, kids.
“If you know a basketball fan from Cleveland, go give him or her a hug and say everything’s gonna be OK.” — Sharp. He’s getting good at pandering with Cleveland sports fans, eh?
Oh and another reminder: This tweet was sent right after the lottery. RIGHT AFTER THE LOTTERY.
Cleveland GM David Griffin will play this one well, throw out a ton of misdirections and see what he can get in terms of trade offers.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 21, 2014
David Blatt: Coach Nick had a 5-minute video on the Cavs offense under their new head coach.
Expect much, much more on the Blatt front from Scott later this morning here at WFNY.
Indians All-Stars: Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber are going to represent the Cleveland Indians at the All-Star Game in Minnesota next month. … No, technically that’s not official, but it will happen. They are both two of the best players in the AL and deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments. They showed it again last night in Arizona.
Beyond The Box Score’s Stephen Loftus pegged Brantley’s offensive numbers are the most positive surprise in baseball so far. He is batting .325/.394/.524 in a season of very low run scoring. He is quickly closing in on his career high of 3.2 rWAR, set back in 2012. Both Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall are having two of the better first-half OPS+ marks in recent Indians history.
Then there’s Kluber, wow. The Akron Beacon Journal’s August Fagerstrom wrote about Kluber earlier in the week. He really has developed into one of the American League’s best starters. He now has a 3.09 ERA in 110.2 IP with 122 strikeouts and only 28 walks. I never ever saw this coming back in the 2010 Jake Westbrook trade. My favorite thing about Kluber: He’s under team control through 2018 (!!).
Random thoughts: The new Sports Illustrated website is pretty terrible. Photoshops of LeBron are taking over Twitter. I don’t understand why it’s cheaper per ounce to buy small beers at Progressive Field than large beers. I ended up playing seven games of bowling last Friday night; that’s your regular reminder to go do things out in the world and not just read blogs.
Rehab alert: The Nationals announced Wednesday that Bryce Harper will continue tomorrow in Double-A with the Harrisburg Senators in … Akron. Yup, there you go, folks. You should definitely make your way to an Akron RubberDucks game this weekend to check out Harper. Tickets on the Ducks website.
Draft plans: Finally, come join #CavsTwitter over at the Quaker Steak in Lakewood tonight for the NBA Draft. Details on Facebook. Expected Cleveland sports blogging celebrities include WFNY’s Craig Lyndall, Ben Cox, Kirk Lammers and Jacob Rosen; Fear The Sword’s David Zavac, Ryan Mourton and Patrick Elder; @nominatur; @wayneembryskids; Wahoos on First’s Ed Carroll; and so many more. It should be fun. See ya there.