John returns with his state of the Browns evaluation, and this time it’s surprisingly optimistic.
Hey everyone . . . So, last time you heard from me I was entertaining the idea of calling for Romeo Crennel’s head. OK, I admit I was a bit hasty; mostly because I was writing out of frustration after watching my beloved Browns give away a game to the Steelers. I have had some time to settle and have to admit that this team has made significant improvement this season.
At the beginning of the season, my hope was that the Browns would win 8 games. Well, Sunday’s win over the Jets was number 8, and with 3 games to play the Browns are staring at a likely playoff berth: they hold the second Wild Card spot with destiny in their hands (a good position to be in). There is even an outside (way outside) shot at the North Division Champion spot as Pittsburgh continues to struggle. When all is said and done, I believe the Browns have a really solid shot at winning 10 games.
Filed under Andra Davis, Brady Quinn, Brandon McDonald, Braylon Edwards, Cleveland Browns, Derek Anderson, Eric Steinbach, Eric Wright, football, Jamal Lewis, Joe Jurevicius, Joe Thomas, Kameron Wimbley, Kellen Winslow, NFL, Phil Savage, Romeo Crennel, Sports, Wild Card race, Willie McGinest
The Indians wasted no time today, scoring three runs in the first inning. Consecutive doubles by Hafner and Martinez plated all 3 runs. The bats were active all day long, (15 hits) but getting the runners home proved to be a bit troublesome until the ninth. Peralta’s two out double gave the Tribe a nice insurance run, and then Lofton came through with another two out hit scoring another pair. Final score- Indians 6, Minnesota 2.
When the Tribe wasn’t getting doubles (5 of them today), they were striking out. Indian hitters whiffed 11 times today, including several times with runners in scoring position. In the ninth Martinez and Garko both fanned with Cabrera at second and Hafner at first. In the fourth Cabrera struck out with men at second and third, and Victor struck out in the same inning with the bases full. Even in the first, there were no outs with runners at first and second when Peralta and Gutierrez fanned. Fortunately for the Tribe none of those runs came back to haunt them. Continue reading
Filed under Asdrubal Cabrera, baseball, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Division race, Fausto Carmona, Indians, Jhonny Peralta, Pennant race, Rafael Perez, Sports, Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez, Wild Card race
Just a reminder that there is a fairly important baseball contest in Detroit tonight. It seems that even the folks at ESPN have noticed. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=rogers_phil&id=2983220
The Indians send Carmona to the hill, while the Tigers give the ball to rookie Jerrjens once again. A sweep of the Tigers would put the Indians up 4.5 games. While that would be sweet, reality is that this will be a split series. If the Tribe takes two we will leave Detroit up 2.5 games. Much better than the alternative. Let’s go Tribe!
Thank you Gutierrez. A two run shot in the second, (on a full count no less, with two outs even) gave the Tribe a lead and helped Carmona settle down. Fausto pitched superbly again, striking out ten Tigers en route to his 14th win of the season. The 3-5 hitters went 3-8 tonight with a double, triple and 2 runs batted in. I refuse to give Wedge credit for this ‘discovery’ as most fans have been calling for Sizemore to hit third for about two years. Tell me it isn’t intimidating to see Grady, Victor, Hafner, and Garko sandwiched together.
One other thing to point out tonight- in the eighth inning with one run in and Granderson on third Fasuto struck out Thames. What was impressive was the way they set up that strike out. After getting ahead 2 strikes Victor calls for the breaking ball down and away. He didn’t just call for it, he made a huge commotion to set up out there. Ball is way low and outside, Thames doesn’t offer. Count is now 1-2. Victor calls for the same pitch, this time he sets up right behind the plate and Fausto delivers the exact same pitch to the same location. Thames, thinking the ball was supposed to be on the plate whiffs mightily. Fausto gets the punch-out, then gets Sheffield to line to short, and Magglio to foul out. Masterful job boys. Now let’s build on this. Go to Tampa and sweep these guys. Let the Tigers and Yankess battle for three games before we see Detroit again.
Filed under baseball, Detroit Tigers, Division race, Eric Wedge, Fausto Carmona, Grady Sizemore, Indians, Jacob's Field, Pennant race, Ryan Garko, Sports, Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez, Wild Card race