Cleveland Sports Weekly: Time to be optimistic in Cleveland (9.25.13)

09 Oct

The baseball playoff push remains in full swing with Cleveland currently in the driver’s seat for one of the two wild card spots.

The Browns are riding high after a road win in Minnesota no one expected.

Is it possible the fans of Cleveland can finally just be happy?

Regardless of how September ends, no one should feel disappointed with the job Terry Francona’s crew did. Cleveland picked fifth in this past June’s draft thanks to finishing with the fifth-worst record in baseball in 2012. Now, a winning record is in the bag and the playoffs are within reach.

Despite how much it would sting to see Cleveland fall short of the playoffs, this year has already been a success. Any trips to the one-game wild card playoff, the American League Divisional Series or beyond is just icing on the cake.

The Browns’ low moment was more recent than a poor 2012 campaign. The trade of Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts last week following an 0-2 start pointed to yet another complete teardown and rebuild of the Browns.

The trade is absolutely defensible from the Browns’ perspective. Richardson’s poor 3.5 yards per carry in his Browns career could indicate he was not as good as he seemed. Plus, after only 35 yards on 13 carries in his Colts’ debut (good for an even lower 2.7 yards per carry), it is not as if Richardson is immediately making the Browns regret dealing him. Read More…

From Daily Kent Stater, September 25, 2013

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