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What to watch for this summer

Zach Martin

Issue date: 4/24/09 Section: Sports
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With finals beginning next week, it's crunch time for most Case students hoping to make the grade this semester. This time of year is also an important time for Cleveland's three professional sports teams: the Indians have just started their season and questions about playoff viability already are coming up, all eyes are on the Browns to see what moves they'll make in the draft tomorrow, and Cavalier fans are hoping that the team building over the last few seasons might finally lead to a championship. Here are some of the most pressing issues:

Indians:

The Indians have had a rough start to the season, losing to the Rangers, the Blue Jays and the Royals. Since then, fans got a nice reprieve with two routs of the Yankees in a stadium-opener that any Cleveland fan should remember. At this point, though, if we'd like to keep seeing the Indians come October, then some changes need to be made in the bullpen.

Cleveland has made itself a team that wins or loses with its pitchers. For proof, look no deeper then the 2007 season, when an 3-1 ALCS lead turned into a disappointing finish after inconsistent performances from Fausto Carmona and Jake Westbrook. This year, Carmona is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA while Cliff Lee has also struggled.

Browns:

Ever since Browns' new head Coach Eric Mangini has taken over, the word out of the front office has been that most of the roster is available for trade. This attitude makes sense, as any team that goes from a 10-6 season to a 4-12 season definitely needs new life. What is less comforting is the slow transition to Jets B-team that seems to have begun.

There's not too much more to say, with the Draft being tomorrow, but let's just say that the Browns have a lot to do over the summer. Here's a look at two biggest questions going into the first round:

WR- Crabtree. Crabtree. Crabtree. It Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree is still available at No. 5, he'd be an excellent option for whoever ends up under center next year. Not convinced that a man with a screw in his foot should be the Browns' first pick? Go watch his catch against UT and see determination in action.
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