Cleveland has the best rotation in the American League, however, the offensive production from the Catcher and Juan Uribe has just been awful. A bit disappointed they didn't DL Uribe right after his injury, his defense has been solid but his offense (wRC+) has been among the worst in the AL. I expect Cleveland to get very hot after the All-Star break, as some important players will return and be in form. The return of Brantley will help because it likely means Jose Ramirez moves to become the every day 3B, and it wouldn't surprise me to see Roberto Perez become the starting catcher when he comes back. The return of Abraham Almonte will also allow Cleveland to DFA Michael Martinez, so that will help.
I had Block O North tickets my first two seasons on campus. For my money, in terms of watching the game the seats are better in Block O North. I also had a season of Block O South and another of 34A tickets. I would agree the atmosphere is better in the South.
Hope Grandstaff finds what he's looking for. Two transfers in six months is the sign of someone who is deeply unhappy about something. Based on what was said after he left OSU, I think Grandstaff is struggling with the transition to College and dealing with the fact he isn't automatically the best player on the team. Instead of dealing with the deficiencies he has as a player, he's likely just getting mad at the coaches and projecting his failures on them.
Wish the best for Grandstaff, but glad he left. He would have never been successful here, he's gotta find out what he wants from basketball first. Sometimes you have to get the door slammed in your face many times before you start realizing where the problem really is.
100-222 3PT shooting this year. I like that. Shoots a great average despite a large number of shots.
I guess my question is: Is this a culture change or is this just getting rid of expendable players without actually fixing the culture?
Gotta work harder. Maybe pick up a grad transfer guard that can handle the basketball, move Lyle to 2 guard.
Really hurt to not have KBD out there. Really want to like Mitchell but he shouldn't be playing more than 6-8 minutes a game right now. Worried it will take 2 more seasons for him to move past that stage. Mitchell was a defensive liability that helped Florida get an early lead.
Moving forward, Giddens has to develop an offensive game. From what I've observed, Thompson starts because he's the more refined offensive player, but he just doesn't offer the hustle and defensive intensity that can really help this team grow. If Giddens can develop some offensive prowess, it will open up the whole offense.
Unless for some unstated reason they are trying to fire Cubit for cause, so very strange. Not sure what quality of coach you could bring into Illinois after spring practice has started, which is a factor if you are trying to provide stability.
Stays in the Box with Warinner.
The idea that you would fire Matta based on one season is a little crazy to me. Since your argument is premised on the notion that the program is slipping, I'll move straight to a realpolitick response. Firing Thad is terribly risky proposition. What coach can Ohio State get that would do a better job than Matta? Getting an established coach is highly unlikely, perhaps you could try to make it rain on Gregg Marshall, but I doubt that works. This would mean turning it over to Boals/Paulus, or a Mid-Major climber coach. Look at Minnesota, they fired Tubby Smith, who coached them to three of their eight NCAA appearances, and the program got a slight lift in year 1, but the program has gone straight down the tubes. It's nigh impossible to justify firing Matta over a season where it's still possible they make the tournament, and have no Seniors on the roster.
Undefeated with the current roster construction. Team is getting alot better, and I think Matta and the team know it. Don't pull the Heisman troll unless you think you're gonna have a good season.
Bollman like performance by MSU's offense.
TCU didn't get left out last year, they lost to Baylor. MSU's win over Baylor pretty clearly vindicated the CFP last year.
In terms of talent, I think we are a Top 4 team, but we lost against MSU. In the end, you can't put arguably the third best team in the conference in the playoff.
Also, if MSU loses tonight by a decent margin, and Stanford beats Iowa, I would imagine neutral forces could raise similar questions about whether MSU was truly a Top 4 team (Losing to 5-7 Nebraska, beating OSU with backup QB, beating SCum on a fluke).
Let go by Alabama and Texas, my guess is as a Beck replacement he'd not be an upgrade.
Damn you Indiana.
Losing the game by attempting to choke the Wisconsin punter would have made my day. sadly, it was not to be.
Increasingly looking like this team is at least a .500 B1G team. Giddens getting into foul trouble may be a lingering concern, but you see the promise more and more in these games.
Really love Thomspon & Giddens, but they cannot have 7 fouls combined by the under 16 timeout.
2 of the last 3 possessions a pretty basic mistake by Loving. Tough to see as you are trying to put the Gophers to sleep.
Ohhhh, I get what you are saying...John Cooper as Chris Ash's DC would be an interesting pick indeed!
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For a brief moment, I thought a time vortex brought back Ken Johnson to that 32 jersey. Really impressed with Trevor Thompson today.
Has some tough choice ahead. FCS and have the chance to play 2 years or FBS for just a senior year. Could see him at a Sam Houston State. Unless there's something the outside world is missing, hard to see a transfer improving his situation.
Spence also graduated from EKU this weekend. Looks like he's making positive progress. Sure looks like he's just a good Senior Bowl away from a high draft pick in 2016.
Showing more life, UConn missing some shots. Generally a fan, though, i think we settle for some less than ideal shots.