Friday, August 1, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 8.1.14

-Following the Justin Masterson trade, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was traded to the Washington Nationals for infielder Zach Walters. Walters has played shortstop, third base, second base and left field. To me, it seems the Indians like the plug and play players in order to fill out their lineup in case of emergency or to give someone a rest. For now, Francisco Lindor will remain in Triple-A until the Indians can expand their lineup, barring injury, in September. Lindor already has Jose Ramirez and Mike Aviles ahead of him for the starting shortstop role. The Tribe had no chance of signing Justin Masterson or Asdrubal Cabrera, as both will be free agents at the end of the season without breaking the bank.

-Thanks to the bullpen, the Indians lost to the Mariners 6-5. The game had a total of 21 hits through the 9 inning game. Zack McAllister was only able to go 3.1 innings with Bryan Shaw getting the loss. This is Shaw's 4th blown save of the season. The bats were hot but the Tribe couldn't start the fire to roast the Mariners. The Texas Rangers arrive today for a 3 game set with Danny Salazar getting the start for the good guys. Jerome Williams will go for the Rangers.

-Appearantly the Tribe was in contact with the Rays for pitcher David Price. It would have cost them Danny Salazar, Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor. Would you have done it? Hell nah. I'm not gonna sacrifice my future over the right now. It's going to come along Tribe fans. We all want a winner!

-Josh Gordon flew out to New York Wednesday night and met with his lawyers Thursday to prepare for his appeal on a fail/missed/second hand smoke drug screening which will happen today. The results of his appeal won't be known until at least Wednesday or Thursday according to my sources. But sources did state to me, it will happen before the Browns first preseason game next Saturday. Roger Goodell will NOT be involved in the hearing and has appointed special counsel. From what I'm told, it's 50/50 on what will happen to Gordon. I should learn more info Friday night.

-Johnny Manziel vs Brian Hoyer is closer than what some may think. Manziel was a beast in goal line offense, while Hoyer was great in the middle of the field. Rumor has it, the Browns will run a college style offense depending on the personal and situation on the field. Packages have been installed for Manziel and Hoyer to take advantage of the defensive situations. Hoyer has the leadership but Manziel has the intangibles. Yes Cleveland, we have another quarterback battle.

-Besides Kevin Love on his way to Cleveland, I would suspect former Cavs player Mo Williams to come back as well. Just a rumor but don't rule it out!

-The USA Today Coaches Poll was released yesterday and where do you think the Ohio State Buckeyes ranked? After finishing 12-2 last year and 8-0 in the B1G Ten, the Buckeyes emerged 6th in the country and the favorite to win the Big Ten. Michigan State finished 8th. With Ohio State looking for a Big Ten title and a National Championship this year, the Buckeyes will continue to build to success for now and well into the future.

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