With the MLB season coming to an end and the Cleveland Browns having their bye week, not much happened in the Cleveland sports world over the past seven days. Just a few baseball games, concerned football coaches, and of course, the first Cleveland Cavaliers media day with LeBron James in almost five years. Still, a spirited Cleveland Indians baseball team played their hearts out to the last weekend, and that’s where we’ll begin. Another Cy Young Winner for Cleveland?
The Indians remained in the playoff race for 160 games before finally being eliminated. After an abysmal start to the season and a small fire sale at the All-Star break, there weren’t many people who thought they would contend the way they did. Michael Brantley put on a MVP-worthy season (damn you, Mike Trout) and Corey Kluber was the most dominant pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw in all of baseball. Kluber’s main competition for the AL Cy Young award will be Felix Hernandez. King Felix won most of the votes over early but Kluber was arguably just as good as Kershaw in the second half. There’s no clear cut winner and it will be exhilarating to see how close the final vote really is. Renovations are already underway at Progressive Field as hopes will be high for next year’s team. Meanwhile, fans have just 30 days till they can be excited again, as LeBron James is back in town. A Media Day for the King
The world got their first taste of the new “Big 3” together and the images were beautiful. I came very close to tears when I saw the three stars standing so valiantly at one another’s sides. With just about a month until the new Eastern Conference favorites take the court, the highlights consist of LeBron James quotes and Ray Allen rumors. James spoke highly of point guard Kyrie Irving, calling him the best point guard he’s ever played with. LeBron also praised David Blatt’s coaching style and revealed how he slimmed down with a ridiculous summer diet. Now I must stop myself before I keep going and transform into a celebrity gossip blogger. Anticipation is killing us all, but there’s other sports news to focus on. One of those teams just happens to be right across town from the Cavaliers. Can the Browns Make the Right Changes?
Three games into the season and the Cleveland Browns are a familiar 1-2, but the whole city seems to remain hopeful and excited about the Browns chances. Both losses came on last second game winning field goals, so Cleveland could very well be 3-0 right now. Minor mistakes for a young inexperienced team with a rookie head coach are to be expected, so there’s not much to knock when it comes to this team. Except the defense that is. Mike Pettine was the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator last year and came to Cleveland with a defensive mindset and an already solid defense. Yet somehow the defense has struggled mightily while the offense continues to surprise people everywhere. Cleveland is having major trouble stopping their opponents as Brian Hoyer and the Josh Gordon-less offense surprisingly keep up touchdown production. With an early week 4 bye, the Browns will look to improve vastly on the defensive side. They’ll get their first shot against the Tennessee Titans this Sunday.