The Disappointment Zone

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Archive for August 5th, 2006

More players who won’t be Cavs next season

Posted by disappointmentzone on 5 August 2006

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that Lorenzen Wright–a free agent C/PF the Cavs have been targeting–has agreed to a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks, a team for which he played from 1999-2001. The contract is believed to be worth about $6 million.

Wright was the least-attractive option of the three players who have a shot at playing PF for the Cavs next season. Reggie Evans is the next-best option. Evans will sign with Clevealand only if the Cavs offer more money than Denver. The best option is Drew Gooden. But with Wright out of the market the pressure increases on GM Danny Frerry to sign one of these two players. This signing also gives Gooden’s agent a bit more leverage.

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And now entering from the bullpen, your losing pitcher

Posted by disappointmentzone on 5 August 2006

The bullpenRafael Betancourt and Fernando Cabrera in particular–pitches 1.2 innings, gives up three runs, including a two-out, two-run, go-ahead, game-winning homer to the mighty Craig Monroe, and the Indians lose–surprise!–to the Tigers after leading for the first seven innings.

Um, yeah.

Shin-Soo Choo continued to play like an All-Star, going 2-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and a run scored. Travis Hafner hit his third home run in as many nights. Victor Martinez continued his hot streak, going 3-4 with a walk and a RBI. And Andy Marte picked up his first two hits as an Indian, including a two-out RBI single. So that was nice.

The rest? Not so much. But at this point is anyone surprised? There was a lot of talk during the Boston series about how when David Ortiz comes to bat in the bottom of the ninth Red Sox fans now except he’ll get a hit. Bill Simmons just wrote a column about how clutch Ortiz is, inspired by Ortiz’s walk-off home run against the Indians this week. Some players just have it. Mariano Rivera is the same way (or was a few years ago). Every time he comes into a game it’s over. He’s practically automatic.

Well, the Indians’ bullpen is like a reverse closer. We’ve now reached a point where I expect the bullpen to implode whenever those outfield gates are opened. It’s all quite depressing.

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