Let’s review this past busy week in Cleveland sports speculation. It certainly was entertaining.
Let’s Talk: JJ Watt
The veteran DE from the Houston Texans, who now is a star free agent, has been having a blast teasing fans, who are eager to have him join their team. Yesterday, he posted out on social media platforms a photo of his pet dogs, in an undisclosed home with a television in the background showing a soccer match highlight, saying in his post, “ pups first day in the city, (this photo has been the most successful part of the experiment so far).”
Obviously, Watt is taking us all on a crazy ride and playing us fans to the very end. Many Cleveland Browns fans have noted the dogs in the photo and have immediately assumed Watt is favoring coming to Cleveland because we have the “DawgPound”. Other fan bases, like the Buffalo Bills fans, have seen the colors of the television and the blue flowers in the photo and assumed Watt is going to be a future Buffalo Bill.
We are hooked as fans and players like Watt are enjoying the spectacle. We shall see what tomorrow brings! Stay tuned!
Let’s Talk: The Cleveland Indians
So, like many of you, I’ve been bummed a bit since SS Francisco Lindor and SP Carlos Carrasco got traded to the New York Mets. But , as the weeks have progressed and the Indians have started back to Spring Training out in Arizona, I’m renewed again with a sense of hope and promise that the Indians will be up at the top of the American League again vying for a pennant and a chance to go to the World Series.
My reasoning mostly has to do with the Indians returning strong starting pitching group, including Cy Young winner Shane Bieber and returners Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale and rising star Tristan Mckenzie.
Though many look at the Indians struggling this season, mostly because they aren’t an offensive juggernaut, I believe their solid pitching core plus having new closer James Karinchak, (the Wild Thing) will help make up for the lack of offensive moments. If the Indians can get to that three to fours runs a game average and get up early in games, I think the wins will pile up.
Many sports publications have the Tribe finishing a distant 3rd in the division behind the surging Chicago White Sox and steady Minnesota Twins. Certainly, if the Tribe bats falter like they did late last season, then that 3rd place finish is realistic. But for the past decade, the Tribe has figured out ways to win and I expect that to happen again this season, despite some negativity after the recent trades of Lindor and Carrasco.
Let’s Talk: Cleveland Cavaliers
They are struggling. Losing three games in a row won’t help this young group of players. They are so young and inexperienced that it’s a bit surprising they got to 10-11 on the season before this series of recent losses. With Andre Drummond, on his way out of town in a trade any day now, and the other lone veteran star Kevin Love, continuously sidelined because of injuries, this is, more or less a college level group of kids playing in the pros. There’s not much to criticize on the players end. When losses pile up and you’re young, its hard to win games at any level. The player’s confidence is shaken. Let’s just keep supporting these players. Hopefully, things turn around soon.