Cleveland Sports’ Weekend in Review is a way for you to stay current with all of the happenings of our 3 beloved teams over the weekend. Many of you, especially in the summer, have busy schedules and aren’t able to keep up on all things Cleveland, but Monday, while working hard (No Case of the Mondays here right?), need to make sure you didn’t miss anything important. Well fret no more, here is everything you need to know related to Cleveland sports, for you the fan:
- The Indians returned from the All Star break with a series with the Minnesota Twins, who entered the series 40 – 52. Cleveland dropped the first two games with the same 3-2 score. The Indians bounced back to take the finale of the 3 game series, 7 to 1.
- The Tribe had great pitching in the 3 game set. In Game 1, Scott Kazmir delivered 6 innings only giving up 2 Unearned runs, Cory Kluber followed that up with 5 scoreless innings in game 2. In both of these games the bullpen gave up the deciding runs, which has been a theme that started in the first half. Game 3 All Star, though he didn’t pitch in that game, Justin Masterson delivered up a gem giving up only 1 hit and 1 Earned Run in 7 innings as the offense exploded and the bullpen finished up the 2 hitter to stem the tide of momentum.
- The Indians other All Star, Jason Kipnis, led the offensive outburst with 3 RBIs, including a homerun in the 3rd. Michael Brantley, dubbed Dr. Smooth by some in the Twittersphere, also added 3 RBIs for your Cleveland baseball team.
- For the 3 game series the Twins, who are 10 games under .500, averaged over 30,000 fans.
- The Indians left the weekend still only 1.5 games behind the Tigers as Detroit mirrored the Tribe’s wins and losses this weekend in their series with Kansas City.
- The Browns signed their top 2 picks in Barkevious Mingo and Leon McFadden just in time for training camp.
- Training camp opens this Thursday July 25th, for more information check their schedule posted here.
- The new CBA has made holdouts highly unlikely but we found out that offset language is the last bargaining chips that agents and teams have to argue over. The basic tenant of offset language is that if the Browns cut Mingo and he signs with another team, say for a million dollars, whatever the Browns owed in guaranteed money would be lessened by the contract signed by the player with the other team, in this case a million dollars. Both the team and player hope this isn’t a issue.
- The offset language is actually more of a team philosophy that they hope to use in future veteran contracts.
- The Cavs signed Andrew Bynum on Friday, see our review here of the press conference.
- Murmurs are that the Cavs would be introducing Sergey Karasev this week, which may have been confirmed here, though the date/time are not correct obviously:
- Summer league ended for the Cavs with the new playoff format, losing to the Miami Heat summer league team. This game did not include Dion Waiters or Tyler Zeller, and like many SL games was not visually appealing for most.
- Waiters and Zeller were held out in preparation for USA Basketball training camp, though Zeller also had stitches on a finger to use as an excuse. It will be a great growing experience for those two to join Kyrie Irving in this training camp.
- A couple quick takeaways from Summer League games:
- Waiters showed a somewhat improved shooting stroke, but still tends to fall away when shooting. Waiters was able to take any defender to the hole, and showed deft passing when a big closed off on him.
- Zeller showed that his strength has improved since the season ended and his confidence was high, compared to last season when he was forced into a larger then expected role.
- Second Round selection Carrick Felix showed traits that may have led coach Mike Brown to be attracted to him. Felix was constant energy, crashing the boards and playing solid defense. Felix also finished on fast breaks well. His offensive deficiencies are still obvious but with score first guards Irving, Waiters and Jarrett Jack, Felix has a chance to play as the guard version of Anderson Varejao.
What stood out to you from this weekend? What did we miss? What are you excited about coming up this week?