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 swept the Texas Rangers in their 3 game series.
- The Indians starting pitching was impressive, especially back to back shut outs in the last two games of the series.
- In the first game Corey Kluber gave up 3 earned runs, 1 unearned before the bullpen imploded (again) giving up 4 runs in 2 innings.
- The second game All Star Justin Masterson continued his impressive season, and 2 dominate starts since the All Star game by going 7 and two thirds giving up only 5 hits and striking out 8 and the bullpen preserved the shutout.
- The finale of the series saw Ubaldo Jimenez last the longest he has all season, giving up 2 hits in 8 innings for the Tribes second straight shut out.
- Offensively the Indians had a up and down series taking a dramatic lead early in game 1 only to be followed by only 1 run, by leadoff man Michael Bourne in the 1st inning in game 2 and then to stake Jimenez to a comfortable 4 run lead after 5 innings.
- The Tribe had 4 homeruns in the game, all at important leverage times. Nick Swisher joined Bourne with 1st inning homeruns in the series, Mike Aviles hit his in the 8th and Ryan Raburn salvaged game 1 with a 3 run shot in the 11th inning for a walk off win.
- Texas came into the series 10 games over 500 and trailing the A’s by 3 games. By being swept, and the A’s sweeping the Angels in their 4 game series the Rangers now find themselves 6 back.
- The Tribe entered this series 3 games back of the Tigers in the Central and gained no ground as the Tigers swept their way through the Phillies.
- The Indians did gain in the Wild Card chase, now only 1 game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card spot. The team is still 5.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the 1st wild card position, but in the current playoff format there is little significance to 1st or 2nd Wild Card.
- The Browns entered training camp this weekend. Day 2 was covered live here.
- Following sports in the Twittersphere brought about high level of concerns when G/T Ryan Miller was taken off the field by ambulance. Thankfully Miller “only” suffered a major concussion, the Tweets following caused concern for far worse.
- The team requested the name of the player be held back until the family was notified. This caused for much alarm on Twitter, but was a sign of respect for the player and his family that the team contacted them first. Another positive sign for the new regime change and new PR director Zak Gilbert.
- The team has presented with more energy during the camp then in past years, both on offense and on defense.
- Reports are that the 2 biggest concerns on the depth chart (QB and secondary) have “owned” a day each with Brandon Weeden looking good in Day 1 and Joe Haden and the rest of the secondary showing well in day 2.
- So far the Browns have avoided any major injuries while the Bengals (AJ Green twisted knee, day to day) and Ravens (Dennis Pitta hip, out for the season) have been hit much harder.
- Was a quiet weekend for the Cavs, quiet week for that matter.
- Kyrie Irving was the talk of Vegas following the young USA scrimmage.
- Many articles have been written about his shooting stardom, and we will review one later today.
- Irving led his team in a variety of ways and showed promise playing off the ball, something he will do more of this year off of Jarrett Jack.
- Irving’s 7 assists were more impressive then his point total, as it shows this number will go up when the talent around him does. This year’s Cavs have improved the talent base with signing Jack, Earl Clark and Andrew Bynum while drafting Anthony Bennett and Sergey Karasev.
- The Cavs still have a little money to spend this year and we could see them add another shooting guard or small forward.
What stood out to you from this weekend? What did we miss? What are you excited about coming up this week?