WFNY Stats & Info: Cavs frontcourt’s potential without Bynum

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It’s no secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers were not a good basketball team with since-departed Andrew Bynum on the court. Heck, they obviously haven’t been good overall with their 12-23 record, but it was particular awful with the current free agent. In Bynum’s 480 minutes, the Cavs had a -11.3 net efficiency rating per 100

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WFNY Stats & Info: Assessing Luol Deng’s value in Cleveland

Luol Deng, 28 years old, represents a tremendous upgrade at small forward for the 11-23 Cavs. He’s a back-to-back All-Star scoring the most points in his career this season. He’ll take away minutes from Alonzo Gee et al in the team’s rotation. While the future ramifications of this move are up in the air, here

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WFNY Stats & Info: Notes on Pau Gasol’s decline

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Pau Gasol is the latest rumored trade candidate for the Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne at ESPN.com. The 33-year-old is a three-time All-Star but his best days are clearly behind him as shown in advanced statistics. Although he’s averaging 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds in 30 minutes per game this season —

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WFNY Stats & Info: C.J. Miles’ extended slump

The Cavs are now 10-19. There are a myriad of reasons why they’ve been a bad team through the season’s first two months. But of late, one of the issues is starting shooting guard C.J. Miles. Miles, plucked away in free agency from Utah last summer, actually was off to a great start to the

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WFNY Stats & Info: Four facts for Browns-Jaguars on Sunday

The 4-7 Cleveland Browns host the 2-9 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. With the Browns still possibly still being in the “playoff hunt” — as ESPN noted last night — the game still carries some importance. Here are some stats to get you prepared. 1. Cleveland quarterbacks and Jacksonville quarters both completed exactly

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WFNY Stats & Info: Eight intriguing Tampa Bay Rays stats

With the Tampa Bay Rays beating Texas 5-2 on Monday, here are eight fascinating facts to contribute to your water cooler conversations leading up to Wednesday night at Progressive Field. 1. Wednesday’s Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb has been one of the most effective pitchers in baseball this season. He missed two months with a

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians playoff odds before the weekend

It’s officially now a three-team race for the two American League Wild Card spots. With the recent hot streaks by the Rays, Indians and Rangers, all the other would-be contenders have been left in the dust. There are now three games left in the regular season to decide what’s next. Looking back in the past,

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WFNY Stats & Info: Minnesota Twins series preview

To finish the regular season, your Cleveland Indians (88-70) head off to dreaded Target Field to take on the struggling Minnesota Twins (66-92). To begin the year, the Twins were one of the more surprising teams in the American League; that hasn’t been the case for the last three months. Overall, the Indians are just

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WFNY Stats & Info: Jason Giambi’s incredible clutch season

With one swing of the bat, 42-year-old Jason Giambi turned around the Indians fortunes. The super-super veteran clobbered his ninth home run of the season to give the Tribe yet another victory, improving to 87-70 on the season. For Giambi, it was his 10th career walk-off home run. Incredibly, he only had four such game-ending

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians’ playoff odds over 70 percent

With six games left in the season, the Cleveland Indians have reached a new high watermark in their playoff odds. The three major sites — Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs and Cool Standings — all agree that the team’s odds are more than 70 percent. A week ago, after the previous four-game sweep over the Chicago White

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians’ historic record vs. .500 or less teams

With last night’s rain-shortened victory that moved the Indians into a wild card spot, they improved their already incredible record against teams with .500 or worse records. On the season, the Indians are now 48-18 (.727) against such teams. That is by far the best record in baseball — second place is Tampa Bay at

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WFNY Stats & Info: Ubaldo Jimenez emerging as Indians ace

Yet again, I can’t help but share how amazing Ubaldo Jimenez has been for the Indians over a nearly five-month span. First, in early June, I wrote about some of his best starts in a Cleveland uniform. Then, again in a stats headline, I wrote about his incredible continued improvement here in early September. Man,

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WFNY Stats & Info: Greg Little’s early-season struggles

Through two disappointing games, your Cleveland Browns have been among the most pass-happy teams in a pass-happy 2013 NFL. Overall, the Browns have attempted 90 passes — 86 Brandon Weeden, four Jason Campbell — which ranks seventh-most in football. One of the biggest benefactors of those targets has been third-year receiver Greg Little, ye’ of the

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians’ playoff odds over 50 percent

What a weekend. With four straight wins over the Chicago White Sox and a boatload of help, your Cleveland Indians are suddenly one-half game behind both American League wild card spots. With a fortunate schedule on deck, that leaves the Indians now as a near-favorite to grab one of the spots. Here are what popular

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians win 9th straight over White Sox

With last night’s crucial rain-soaked blowout win over the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians have now won nine in a row against their long-time division rival. The Indians Twitter account shared earlier today that, per Elias Sports, it is the longest winning streak in franchise history over the White Sox. That statistic was confirmed

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WFNY Stats & Info: Cleveland Browns’ woeful Week One offense

By now, we’ve read a lot about the Cleveland Browns disappointing offensive performance in Sunday afternoon’s opening 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Yet, the pure volume and disheartening report from the box score statistics tells an even more gruesome story. All the numbers below are via Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Play Index tool. Overall, the Browns ran

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WFNY Stats & Info: Scott Kazmir’s stellar comeback season

In terms of Scott Kazmir’s history with the Cleveland Indians, I’ve oddly been the lead historian. Back on Nov. 23, I shared that the Indians were one of several teams seen scouting the 29-year-old. And on Dec. 21, I reported on his new minor league deal with the Tribe. Then, I was there again with

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WFNY Stats & Info: Ubaldo Jimenez’s continued improvement

Resurgent Ubaldo Jimenez continued his strong performance of late with another quality start and victory in Tuesday night’s Indians win. He’s been an entirely new pitcher over the last four months, as the stats poignantly describe. First 46 starts with Indians — 13-23, 5.63 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 4.6 BB/9, 59.1% strikes, .269 AVG Last 23 starts

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WFNY Stats & Info: Rare accomplishments for Indians starters

With the completion of this week’s four-game sweep over the Chicago White Sox, the Tribe starters have continued their incredibly impressive hot streak. Ever since Carlos Carrasco’s last meltdown on July 6, they’ve been consistently dominant. That’s not news, as I wrote about this previously already. But here are a few more notable facts about

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WFNY Stats & Info: Nick Swisher’s slugging struggles

To many, Nick Swisher’s big signing in the offseason was doomed to be a disappointment. Never much of a star – only one career All-Star game – he reached a four-year, $56 million deal with Cleveland just after turning 32 years old. The pomp and circumstance were exciting, but would he produce? As an understatement,

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