Preview: Browns vs Giants

Story written by Tim Whelan —

The Browns are coming off a 20-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints thanks to the heroics of rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. Although wins don’t count for anything in the preseason. It is still does have an impact on the Browns. Hue Jackson is trying to change the culture in Berea. Every little win matters to the Browns.

What to look for…

The obvious battle for the Browns is quarterback competition per usual. New year, same competition. The Browns will trot out Brock Osweiler to start the game. He will be looking to end the debate of who should start week 1 vs the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rookie DeShone Kizer, and second year quarterback Cody Kessler are also in the competition. Though Brock Osweiler, and DeShone Kizer have the upper hand in the competition.

DeShone Kizer is keeping the competition close. Kizer showed poised, good pocket presence, big arm strength, willing to take big chances. Kizer threw 2 bombs including a 45 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordan Payton that won them the game.

Final quarterback numbers from preseason week 1:

DeShone Kizer 11/18 completions, 184 yards, 1 touchdown, 114.1 rating

Cody Kessler 5/10 completions, 47 yards, 63.3 rating

Brock Osweiler 6/14 completions, 42 yards, 50.3

Another position battle to keep up on is the right tackle position. It seems as though second year lineman Shon Coleman has the upper hand. Former first round draft pick Cameron Erving has been struggling. The Browns have tried him at every position but nothing changed. Cameron Erving could be on his way out of Cleveland. Struggling in practice, getting beat off the snap right away, the false start penalties continuing to add up.

Whose Out

Danny Shelton NT, knee

Joel Bitonio Guard, knee

Cameron Erving OL, calf

The Browns will be taking on the New York Giants at First Energy Stadium on Monday Night Football, Kickoff is 8 pm, on ESPN.


The Most Critical Offseason for the Cavaliers

Story written by Tim Whelan –

The Cavs are coming off a disappointing NBA finals loss to the Golden State Warriors. It was a series that showed the true weaknesses of the Cavs. Cavs had major problems with the bench, rebounding, defense, and the reality of not having enough firepower on the floor to match with Golden State.

The Cavs offseason has been very entertaining. But took a turn for the worse just before the draft. The Cavs and General Manager David Griffin have decided to part ways due to different visions of the future with the team. Koby Altman, Assistant General Manager, has been fielding the calls and the draft for the time being.

What is next for the Cavs as we head into free agency? First order of business is the finding a new General Manager. The Cavs have been pursuing ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups aka “Mr. Bigshot”. You may have heard of him. Billups is regarded as one best all-around point guards the NBA has seen. Billups was a part of the Detroit Pistons when they were making big in the postseason year after year. Billups has met with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert for 2 days. It has been reported he is currently mulling an offer. His position would be President of Basketball Operations. He will then add a General Manager under him.

Now, let’s talk about the current state of the roster. Is it a championship caliber roster? Yes. Is a roster that can beat Golden State? No. Are there moves that the Cavs can make that would make them better, or at least feasible against the Warriors? Yes but not much.

The problem with the Cavaliers appear to be the lack of trade assets they have this offseason. No one is willing to take on the contract of Iman Shumpert. Kevin Love’s trade value is no where near what it was in 2014.

But that isn’t the only problems the Cavs face. They now face a roster that is depleted by age, lack of athleticism off the bench, the lack of defense. The Golden State Warriors were able to exploit that every time LeBron James left the court.

Rumors have been flying about the Cavaliers. Especially ones involving some guy by the name of Paul George. You may have heard of him. George has been linked to the Cavs since the end of the NBA Finals. Paul George recently told the Pacers that he will leave them in 2018. George has insist he prefers to play for the Lakers. But can a trade the Cavs change his mind? Paul George is currently sitting on a 1-year deal and is basically a one year rental for any team that trades for him.

With the NBA free agency upon us, here are some names I believe the Cavs should consider:

Small Forward, Rudy Gay (Sacramento)

Small Forward, Tyreke Evans (Sacramento)

Guard, Tony Allen (Memphis)

Forward, Michael Beasley (Milwaukee)

Small Forward, Vince Carter (Memphis)

Point Guard, Darren Collison (Sacramento)

Center, Dwayne Dedmon (San Antonio)

Forward, Taj Gibson (Oklahoma City)

Point Guard, George Hill (Utah)

Guard, Jrue Holiday (New Orleans)

Of course, there are several other players available to the Cavs. The problem is the Cavs don’t have money to spend. Any free agent they spend money on will put them in a deeper hole in the luxury tax. Making trades, moving contracts in order to add a free agent would most likely be the route for the Cavs. The Cavs will still be in a bad spot heading into next season. But every decision they make will be with the question does this free agent or trade improve our chances against Golden State? It will be a very interesting offseason for the Cavs. One that could change the look of the Cavs future for a very long time.


Fly the Parot! Edwin Carries the Indians to 5-2 victory over the Twins.

Story written by Tim Whelan –

The Indians came into father’s day looking for a 4-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins. The Indians did exactly that. The Indians beat the Twins 5-2. The Indians have a 2 game lead in first place. The Indians move their record to 36-31. The Twins fall to 34-33 on the season.


Trevor Bauer (CLE) Win (Record 6-5). Bauer went 7 innings, 2 runs, 2 earned, 2 walks, 8 strikeout, ERA of 5.54.

Kyle Gibson (MINN) Lose (Record 4-5). Gibson went 6 innings, 8 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, 2 home runs, ERA 6.56.

SUMMARY: It took until the 4th inning for the Indians get on the board. With a second deck bomb from Edwin Encarnacion. Fast forward to the 6th inning. Edwin did it again. This time a 2-run bomb into left field. Edwin finished the day with 3 hits, 2 home runs (16), 5 RBIs (36) including a Sac fly in the 9th inning.

The Twins would battle. Getting 2 runs from the help of Eduardo Escobar, and Eddie Rosario. The Twins got a nice effort from Kyle Gibson, keeping the twins within 3 runs through the game. But the Indians bats would be too much for the twins to recover in this one.

Andrew Miller would get the save for the Tribe. It was his first on the season. Why was Indians manager Terry Francona using Miller in the 9th? As of now, it seems as though he is trying to balance the workload between Cody Allen, and Andrew Miller. How long will this switch last? Only time will tell.

PREVIEW: The Indians will travel to Baltimore to take on the struggling Orioles. Two aces will toe the rubber. Corey Kluber who is 5-2 on the season with an ERA 4.15, will take the mound for the tribe. Dylan Bundy who is 7-5 with an ERA 3.29, will be taking the mound for the Baltimore Orioles. First pitch will be at 7:05 pm ET. Watch live on Sports Time Ohio or tune on WTAM 1100.

Royals Play Long Ball to Help them Beat The Tribe 6-4

Story written by Tim Whelan –

The Cleveland Indians took on the Kansas City Royals to start a 3 game Memorial weekend series. The Royals beat the Indians by a final score of 6-4. Mike Minor gets his 3rd on the season as a reliever for the Royals. Reliever Bryan Shaw takes his first loss on the season for the tribe. Kevin Herrera notches his 10th save on the season. The Indians fall to 24-22 on the season. While the Royals move 20-27 on the season

HOW DID WE GET HERE? The Indians came out firing the first punches in the first three innings. With the help of a solo home run from third baseman Jose Ramirez in the 2nd inning. His 7th home run of the season. Left fielder Michael Brantley had a near 3-run home run that turned into an RBI single in the 3rd inning. That helped the Indians get off a 4-0 start over the Royals.

But the Royals wouldn’t go away that easily tonight. the Royals start their rally in the 4th with a 3-run blast from former Cleveland Indian DH Brandon Moss. It was his 9th on the season. Third baseman Mike Moustakus hit a solo home run to tie the ball game in the 5th inning at 4. It was his 12th home run on the season.

Late in the ballgame with one of the best relievers on the mound Andrew Miller had an off night. Giving up a 2-run double to left field from right fielder Jorge Bonifacio in the top of the 8th inning. Those 2 runs would give the Royals the lead and that’s all they would need after that.


Mike Clevinger (CLE) record: 2-1. 5 Innings pitched, 8 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, 2 home runs, ERA 2.82. Mike Clevinger takes the no decision as he gave up his first 2 home runs of the season.

Ian Kennedy (KC) record 0-4. 5 Innings pitched, 3 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 home run, ERA of 4.43. Ian Kennedy took the no decision tonight.


Left handed pitcher Jason Vargas (5-3, 2.3 ERA) will look to take the series win against the Indians. The Indians will send right handed pitcher Danny Salazar (3-4, 5.55 ERA) on the hill tomorrow. First pitch is at 4:10 pm on FOX SPORTS 1 tomorrow.


The Trilogy is set! Cavs vs Warriors June 1st

Story written by Tim Whelan –

We are now under a week from the trilogy battle. Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors. The Cavs are coming off it’s first season in franchise history as the defending champions. While Golden State is coming off another fantastic regular/postseason campaign.

HOW DID WE GET HERE? Let’s begin with the Cavaliers journey. The Cavs went through a roller coaster of a season. Starting off red hot to start, only to leave questions heading the postseason. But the Cavs answered all of them. Finishing their postseason with a record of 11-1. Topping off the Eastern Conference with a 4-1 series win over the Boston Celtics.

The Golden State Warriors are coming into the finals with a 12-0 record. After Kevin Durant, the Warriors went 67-15. Once again the best record in the NBA. Golden State will be without Head Coach Steve Kerr as of now to start the finals.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT? We can expect this series to be offensively driven. Both teams are the top scoring teams in their respective conferences. I fully expect the Warriors to try to throw the first punch in this series. After blowing a 3-1 lead in last years NBA Finals. The Warriors led by KD, Steph Curry, are seeking revenge. How can the Cavs contain GSW? It’s pretty simple, if you slow down KD and Steph Curry, you will have a pretty good chance to steal a game on the road, and win the finals. For the Warriors, they’ll need to focus on LeBron James.

LeBron James has been phenomenal this postseason. If there was a MVP award for the just the playoffs alone, LeBron James would be that MVP by far. In Game 5, LeBron James passed Michael Jordan to become the All-Time leading scorer in NBA postseason history.

3 KEYS FOR THE CAVS: The Big 3. Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love. Last year, a healthy big 3 led the Cavs to their first franchise NBA title. Now they seek no. 2. My second key will be the bench. Both GSW and the Cavs have terrific benches. They play their roles really well. I think the Cavs have the better bench when they are going strong. It’s important for them to give as much production as possible. My final Key will be Tristian Thompson. Thompson has been a monster down low. If he is able to keep players like KD, Draymond Green, JaVale McGee, and Zaza Pachulia off the boards, the Cavs could really be at a big advantage down low.

Game 1 will be on Thursday, June 1st. Tip-off is at 9 pm eastern on ABC (ESPN).

Reds beat Indians 4-3

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After a 2 hour and 1 minute rain delay, the Cleveland Indians fall to the Cincinnati Reds 4-3. The Indians fall to 24-21 on the season, 2 games back of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. The Cincinnati Reds move onto 22-24 on the season. They now sit 3 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.

How did we get here? First baseman Carlos Santana got the Indians offense going in the 3rd inning with a 2-run bomb to right field. For Carlos, tonight’s home run was number 5 on the season. tallying his RBI total to 26 on the season. Santana also went 3-4 tonight. Including the home run, and also an RBI double.

The Reds with  a 2-run home run from left fielder Adam Duvall. Tying the game up at 2 in the top of the 4th. Carlos Santana had an RBI double in the bottom of the 5th, giving the Tribe a 3-2 lead

Like last night, the Reds threaten in the 9th inning once again. The Reds took a lead on single in 9th inning. Zack Cozart single to left field with Arismendy Alcantara, and Billy Hamilton scoring on the hit. Billy Hamilton originally grounded into the game ending double play, but after review, the call was over-turn. Thus leading to the Reds grabbing the lead. Cody Allen Blows his first save on the season. He is now 13 of 14 in save opportunities.

Trevor Bauer receives a no decision for the Cleveland Indians tonight. Now 2-0 in his last 3 starts. Trevor remains 4-4 on the season with an ERA of 6.3. Trevor went 5 and 1/3 innings pitch. Gave up 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 1 home run. Michael Lorenzen takes the win for the Reds. His record is now 3-0.  Raisel Igleias gets the save for the reds. That’s save number 8 for Igleias.

Preview: Tim Adleman (2-2, 6.19 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Cincinnati Reds. Coming off his best start, Mike Clevinger (2-1, 1.56 ERA) will take the hill for the Cleveland Indians. First pitch is at 6:10 pm on Fox Sports Ohio. The Indians will look to split the season series at 2 games a piece. While the Reds look take home the battle of Ohio Cup with a win tomorrow. Remember the Cavaliers vs Celtics game 5 is 8:30 pm on TNT.

Edwin Goes Yard Twice, Tribe Beat Reds 8-7

Story written by — Tim Whelan

On a night where the baseball was carrying out of Great American Ballpark. The Cleveland Indians use the long ball top the Cincinnati Reds by final score of 8-7.

How did great here? Shortstop Francisco Lindor got  the game started with a 1-out Home Run to start the high scoring affair. That was followed by a Reds rally gaining a lead 2-1 by the end 2nd inning. The Reds got 1 run in the first off a Adam Duvall ground-rule double in the 1st inning. Followed by 2 runs in the 2nd with help of a pair of doubles from pitcher Amir Garrett, and centerfielder Billy Hamilton.

The Indians responded the 3rd inning in a big way. An RBI double from left fielder Michael Brantley. With a great at-bat from right fielder Carlos Santana to follow helping the Indians tied the game 3. Here’s something the Indians been missing, the 2 run long ball from first baseman Edwin Encarncion propelled the Indians 5-3 lead. Catcher Yan Gomes added onto lead that eventually got the Indians to a 7-3 lead.

The Reds would respond with a 4 run 7th inning capped off by right field Eduardo Suarez 3 run blast to help the Reds tie the game at 7. The Indians would answer right back with Edwin Encarncion scoring a pass ball from third base giving the Indians an 8-7 lead.

The Reds made things interesting in the 9th. Threating with runners on the base, closer Cody Allen slams the door on the red to split the series in Cincy. Cody Allen remains perfect save situations. Now 13 for 13 on the year. Andrew Miller was awarded his 3rd win on the season.  Bryan Shaw received a blown save. His first on the season. Reliever Drew Store relieves the loss. He is now 1-1 as a reliever.

Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco got off to a rough start, how rough? 3 runs in two innings work. Over 50 pitches throw. With 2 hit batters. But Carrasco finished strong. Ending his night going 6 and 1/3 innings pitch. Allowing 4 runs, 5 hits, and 6 strikeouts.

With this win, the Indians win 4 out 5 games on the road. The Indians now come home for a 9 game set that will include the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics.

The Indians play the Reds at home tomorrow at 6:10 pm. Trevor Bauer will toe the rubber for the tribe. Coming off 2 straight victories.


Whitecap Pounce on Captains early, Winning 5-1

Story Written by Tim Whelan:

EASTLAKE, OHIO — A beautiful, sunny day in Northeast Ohio where the Lake County Captains took on the West Michigan Whitecaps.

The Whitecaps started out of the gate red hot. Getting off to a quick 4-0 start. Jacob Robson, Right fielder, led off the Whitecaps start with an RBI double. The first inning ended with an RBI double from third basemen Anthon Pereira.

In the top of the 4th, Whitecaps manager Mike Rabelo was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Austin Athmann. The Lake County Captains got on the board with a 1 run inning the bottom of the 4th. With Conner Capel scoring on a wild pitch. Cutting into the lead with the Captains being down 4-1.

The Whitecaps continued to extend their lead by scoring on a bobbled play by Captains first basemen Emannuel Tapia. The Whitecaps extended to lead 5-1.

Whitecaps starting pitcher Greg Soto was impressive. Changing the batters eye level, moving in and out of strike zone, forcing groundouts, double plays. Greg Soto ended his day with 4 hits, 1 run, 5 walks, 4 strikeouts on 90 pitches in 5 innings. All unearned.

Captains pitcher Shane Bieber struggled out of the gate. Giving up for 4 runs in the first inning. Bieber settled in nicely to end his day. Giving up 8 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 3 strikeouts, 0 walks on 73 pitches in 7 innings.

The Captains lose the game 5-1 to the Whitecaps. Whitecaps take the series. Taking 3 out of 4 games winning 3 in a row against the captains.

The Lake County captains will head to Iowa to take on the Cedar Rapid Kernels to start a 6 game road trip. Game time will be at 7:35 PM ET. Captains Live will begin at 6:30 PM ET on





Browns Draft Recap: 2017 NFL Draft

Story written by Tim Whelan:

BRUNSWICK, OHIO — 2017 NFL Draft has finally ended. Another year of new, fresh blood in Berea. The Cleveland Browns now look forward to OTA’s and training camp. Here are the Draft results for your 2017 Cleveland Browns Draft class:


Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, DE, No. 1 overall

Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, Hybrid Safety/LB, No. 25 overall

David Njoku, Miami, TE, No. 29 overall


DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame, QB, No. 52 overall


Larry Ogunjobi, North Caroline Central, DT, No. 65 overall


Howard Wilson, Houston, CB, No. 126 overall


Roderick Johnson, Florida State, OT, No. 160 overall


Caleb Brantley, Florida, DT, No. 185 overall


Zane Gonzales, Arizona State, Kicker, No. 224 overall

Matthew Dayes, N.C. State, RB, No. 252 overall

The Browns finish the day with 10 draft picks. After starting the draft with 11. Trading up and down, picking their spots, finding value. That seemed to be Browns main focus. Be aggressive when needed, and sticking to their board throughout the draft.


Reports describe the Browns as “split” on who to take with the No. 1 overall draft pick. The Browns made the correct, decisive decision to take Myles Garrett. The stud, athlete, clear choice for the No. 1 pick.


Going into this draft the Browns were linked to several quarterbacks. The list starting with Mentor Native Mitchell Trubisky. Followed by Patrick Mahomes, DeShaun Watson, who was in consideration to be the No. 1 draft choice at point in the offseason. Also linked to players like David Webb, Joshua Dobbs, DeShone Kizer, the Toledo Native. The Browns made their choice. Instead of reaching for a quarterback. The Browns let QB come to them in second round. Deciding to pick Deshone Kizer with 52nd overall pick.

The Browns were very high on Mahomes, if KC did not move up in the draft, the Browns have taken him with the 12th overall draft pick.


Interesting enough, it’s now a full-blown quarterback competition in Berea. With Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler, DeShone Kizer, all competing for the starting quarterback job.


Maybe the most surprising, yet controversial pick was the selection of DT Caleb Brantley. Who is currently under investigation for domestic violence. Sashi Brown has made it clear. They will continue to investigate and “are prepared” to cut Brantley if more evidence show up from the case.


The Browns overall had a very good draft class. One that can change the culture in this organization for a very long time. The Browns may have also found their answer at quarterback with the draft selection of DeShone Kizer.

The Browns missed out on some players in this draft. More specifically at safety, wide receiver, linebacker. Trading down from the No. 12 overall draft cost the Browns an opportunity to draft the likes of Malik Hooker, O.J. Howard, and several other players that were available at that time.

Captains, Hot Rods supsended due to Rain

Story written by — David Costello

EASTLAKE, OHIO — On a wet, stormy day in Northeast Ohio. The Lake County Captains and the Bowling Green Hot Rods has been suspended due to rain. The Hot Rods were leading 2-0 in the top of the 5th.

How did we get here? The Hot Rods got off to a quick 2-0 start by way of 3 doubles in a row that tallied 2 runs. Brady Aiken, the starting pitcher for the Lake County Captains, struggled to get through the first 2 innings. But, manage to right the ship, and got himself through 4 2/3 innings pitched.

As for Bowling Green, pitcher J.D. Busfield had a perfect game through 4 innings pitched. He was steller. But now may loose his chance at history because of the beautiful Northeast Ohio weather.

This game will pick up June 11th, at 1:30 pm. Followed by the next game 30 minutes after game 1 finishes.