GameTime Cleveland 167: Free Falling

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Summary:

The Indians’ worst fears were realized with a terrible performance against the Tigers and Angels. Can this squad get it together before the season ends to make a last playoff push? And the Browns impress in their preseason debut against the Rams. But the Lions come to town this week and should be a much tougher test. It’s GameTime!

Hosts: Mike KresicTom Kresic

Running Time: 38:10

 

 

1Q: Bad week for the Tribe

  • Kluber lost to season with injury, put on DL

  • Perez blew the save on Monday after a great start from Kluber. He refused to talk to the media, leaving Francona and his teammates left to speak for him. Things just got worse from there.

  • Tribe swept by Tigers. So much for standing up to the division leaders. Detroit is now 13-3 against us this year. That just won’t cut it.

  • Indians sign Ryan Raburn to extension. He has done a nice job since getting let go after a bad stint with Detroit. His and Mike Aviles’ performance is likely what cost at bats for Mark Reynolds and was why they had to let him go.

  • Masterson with a bad inning loses to Verlander, then pitches poorly against the Angels.

  • Salazar pitched well again, but lost in extra innings on Wednesday. He will step into Kluber’s spot in the rotation.

 

 

2Q: Is the Wildcard our best hope now?

  • Unless the Tigers just fall apart, it will be hard to catch them now. We are 6 GB after today’s action.

  • Where are we in the Wildcard Standings? 3GB Oakland, Tampa for a Wildcard spot.

 

 

3Q: Browns Preseason opener vs. Rams

  • We won 27-19.

  • Brandon Weeden was 10-13 for 112 yards with a TD pass. His QB rating was 108.7 points HIGHER than last year’s preseason opener.

  • Travis Benjamin showed flash in his 91 yard punt return for TD.

  • Let’s not get too excited, as there was no game plan for this exhibition contest and both teams played pretty vanilla. But it’s better than failing to execute like last year.

  • No major injuries either, so that’s a plus.

  • Nice catch by Greg Little off a ball that Jordan Cameron couldn’t hold on to and tipped high into the air.

  • Our DBs looked slow againt the Rams receivers, getting caught behind them on some plays (Haden had one. Then Trevin Wade got beat for a TD on one, too.)

  • Mingo was a surprise on the kick coverage and was Cribbs-like in getting downfield to make a tackle. He also had a sack but that was offset by a tripping penalty on the Browns. You can’t teach speed. Just ask Benjamin.

  • DB Chris Owens, the likely starter at CB opposite Haden was a late scratch from the game. Also held out were T-Rich and TJ Ward.

  • Punter TJ Conley had a nice knuckle ball punt downed at the 1 yard line.

 

 

4Q: More on the Browns win

  • Bernie very critical of Rams players and coaches during the broadcast. Rams HC Jeff Fisher was not pleased.
  • Detroit’s defense will be a tougher test for Weeden. Having T-Rich should help.
  • Detroit’s offense will also test our own defense. Can Haden match up with Calvin Johnson? Can Mingo get to the QB again?
  • Looks like rookie K Bogotay will get all of the kicks this week.

 


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