Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Cleveland Sports

This post is dedicated to DGEsq, because you asked for it.

There is an excellent article on CBSSportsline explaining why the Browns should draft Adrian Peterson. I've had mixed feelings about who they should be drafting (I don't think they need a quarterback), and the more I think about it, the more I agree: Peterson is the only logical choice if you're staying at #3.

The Indians... I don't know what's with the Indians. Their starters have been okay overall, and I see no reason to worry, especially with Lee coming back soon; their hitting hasn't hit its stride yet, but you can blame that on the rainouts and weather; and their bullpen hasn't been all that bad, actually. While Borowski (10.13 ERA) did blow that 6-2 game in New York, he's also 7-for-7 in save situations. The rest of the bullpen has a combined 1.50 ERA. They're 9-7 overall, and have played well against the Central (5-2 so far). I guess so far, they're okay, and there's nothing to worry about yet.

Then there are the Cavs. They played their way into the #2 seed by winning their last four games and the Bulls choking on the final night; they get to play the Arenas and Butler-less Wizards in Round One. They get to play what will likely be the tired winner of the Raptors-Nets series with home-court advantage in Round Two. Assuming the Pistons beat the Magic, they're stuck playing the tough Bulls or Heat in the second round. The Cavs should be well-rested and energized for the Eastern Conference Finals, and will have the same advantage the Pistons had against them last year - playing a team that has just won a tough, tiring, emotional series. And who knows? If they can win the conference, they may not even have to face the Mavs OR the Suns, and instead draw the Spurs, who they beat both times this year. The King could use a crown...