Lunchtime Links: Punched by a Wolverine edition
The Cavs worry about a draft pick, and the Reds greet an old friend. That and much more in today’s Lunchtime Links.
Ouch. Josh Collmentor out-dueled Tony Cingrani last night to lead the D-Backs to a 4-0 win, facing the minimum required batters.
Meanwhile, here’s a heart-warming story from a Reds minor-league affiliate.
FOX Sports Arizona: Collmenter dominates Reds in making history. Could the Reds just face an average pitcher for a change, please?
Blog Red Machine: Frost covers Reds bats as Summer approaches. Admittedly. the pitching they’ve been facing might add to the chill in the air.
Mark My Word: Catching up with Arroyo. Dressing up Reds players in diapers is mentioned.
MLB.COM: Bruce looking to regain his form at the plate. Right fielder continues to struggle since coming back off the DL.
Lonnie Chisenhall might be a bright spot for the 2014 Tribe, along with the tremendous play of Michael Brantley, but the team is desperate for some other players to hit their stride as they get ready for the Rockies.
DTTWLN?: Brantley has come a long way from being Player-to-be-Named. The All-Star that no one is noticing right now is the Tribe’s MVP.
Indians Baseball Insider: Second thoughts: T.J. House and the art of pitching. Without triple-digit velocity, House relies on the "art of pitching".
It’s Pronounced Lajaway: Kluber’s secondary pitches are making him "elite". Nearly ever statistical category is better in 2014.
Yesterday’s OTA practice was closed to the hounds of the media, but Browns make news regardless, with the official addition of a "great eye for talent" to the team’s front office. Meanwhile, Donte Whitner brings a fear factor to the Browns and fans say "Enough!" to Manziel Mania despite the hype from LeBron.
ESPN: Clarifying Manziel/Browns misconceptions. Our old friend Pat McManamon on the difference between impressions and reality for Johnny Football.
USA Today: Gannon: Johnny Manziel’s Las Vegas trip a mistake. Who cares what Rich Gannon thinks? USA Today, apparently.
PFT: Browns’ Super Bowl odds sharply reduced at sports book after big bet. The Browns have one believer, at least.
The off-season chatter continues, involving Kyrie Irving, back problems, and assistant coaches looking for a promotion.
WFNY: Hey Nate Silver, you ignored Kyrie Irving’s age. The stats wizard left out one important number: 21.
ABJ: Cavaliers interview Lue, Gentry up next. Author claims that the search is focusing on "opposite ends of the spectrum".
Cavs: The Blog: Choose your own adventure: You are David Griffin. Just the biggest decision of your professional life, David. No worries.
SLAM ONLINE: Joel Embiid Will Visit With Cleveland Cavaliers, Undergo Physical. Oh, that back. That worrisome back.
Like the NFL, the off-season for big college football programs is all about which players will be added and subtracted to the squad. And for Ohio State, there are a lot of talented players in the state for them to pick from. One particular prized recruit, Torrance Gibson, still has OSU on his list of top colleges. Urban Meyer is fighting against some big major teams for Gibson’s services.
If that’s not enough to worry about, OSU fans apparently have to worry about getting punched by TTUM players.
Eleven Warriors: SEC derides Franklin, Penn State’s smart recruiting tactic. Complain, complain, complain.
Dispatch: Two say Michgan’s Lewan punched OSU fan. What’s this "Michigan"? Is that the same as TTUN?
Land Grant Holy Land: Torrance Gibson unveils final Top 7. It’s in Comic Sans font, so it’s official.