Originally written May 07, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:
While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. So Pythagoras isn’t in Cleveland’s corner? “For the second straight year, the Indians are the surprise first-place team in the AL Central in the early going. How have they done it this year? First, it helps to have an easy schedule. In their nine series of the year so far, only two have been against teams with winning records: Toronto and the recently completed weekend series with Texas. Their average opponent record is about .450. Despite that slow start, the Indians still shouldn’t have as good a record as they have. They won their first half-dozen one-run games. That can’t last, and it hasn’t. Thus, they began the year 14-11 despite being outscored, 113-114.” [Chris Jaffe/Hardball Times] – Former Cavalier point guard Baron Davis dislocates is right knee. Not to be mixed with weak stomachs. [Court Vision] – All the talk may be about Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden, but… “In terms of sheer talent, Stanford’s Jonathan Martin, Georgia’s Cordy Glenn, Mississippi’s Bobby Massie and Iowa State’s Kelechi Osemele all ranked higher than [Mitchell] Schwartz. Because of his toughness and dedication, however, it was no surprise to some talent evaluators that the Cal product wound up being selected before any of them. Considering the incredible expectations placed on Richardson to be the focal point of Cleveland’s offense as a rookie as well as the steep learning curve from the Big 12 to the AFC North that Brandon Weeden will be facing, Schwartz stands tall among Cleveland’s 2012 draft class in his pro-readiness, making him arguably the Browns’ safest pick this year.” [Rob Rang/NFL Draft Scout] – Omar Vizquel becomes the oldest player to ever play shortstop this weekend. Video proof! [MLB.com] – Winning certainly helps one duck the blame… “If you’ve noticed who has avoided being placed under the microscope’s glass (and, again, the title should let you know where this is going), the real outlier here, in terms of expectations and performance to date is Shin-Soo Choo.  After essentially carrying this team’s offensive burden on his own for 2+ years, The BLC now finds himself in an extended rut.  Certainly, his performance on Friday night offered a reminder of what he’s been and provides hope for what he perhaps could be once again, but those performances have been in short supply since the start of the 2011 season.” [The DiaTribe]  – And finally, in the event you missed it this weekend, the Indians have wasted no time welcoming Johnny Damon to town. [Vince Grzegorek/Cleveland Scene]
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