MTAF Weekly: Indians Stop the Skid and Is Rory the New Tiger?


Another week of deep thought and shallow snark is in the books here at More Than A Fan.  Ryan Isley warned Carlos Santana about what would happen if he didn’t pick up the pace and that New Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell was right give Terrelle Pryor the cold shoulder. I blabbed for hours about where Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Rick Carlisle will end up in history after the 2011 NBA Finals and Lisa panicked about the Indians.

It’s Monday right now, but Sunday was Father’s Day, so Happy Father’s Day to all you dad’s out there.  I took Dad out to golf, smoked a cigar and got completely involved in a great sports day.  So let’s get caught up with the week that was… as soon as I get another Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat.

Indians Carlos Carrasco tossed gems against the Yankees and Pirates.

The Cleveland Indians put a stop to their pesky June swoon by going 5-2 and outscoring their opponents 24-14.  The Indians rode the arm of Carlos Carrasco to a 1-0 win over the New York Yankees and a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Carrasco pitched 13.1 innings this week and only gave up one earned run.  That’s a .068 ERA, folks.

I’d love to wax fireballer about Carrasco and the rest of the staff, but seeing the offense come back to life was a sight that Indians fans needed to see.  Travis Hafner was activated from the DL, and no matter how many expletives I’ve hurled in Pronk’s direction, his presence in the lineup seems to coax the Tribe hitters into production.  One thing is for sure, Hafner is the only guy in the clubhouse that has the right attitude to be a clean-up hitter.  The Indians are wading into double edged sword territory with Hafner, though.  After a three game series this week at home against the Rockies, the Tribe go on a nine game interleague road trip, which means no Travis Hafner in the lineup.  With Matt LaPorta on the 15 DL, not being able to play Hafner hurts the Tribe.  Look for Carlos Santana to play lots of first base and Manny Acta to shuffle the batting order in the next week and a half.

One last thing to watch for this week is whether Grady Sizemore can calm down and be productive again.  Sizemore has struck out in 31.5% of his at bats so far this season.  It’s like he’s swinging a tiny teacup sized bat or something.

Rory McIlroy became the second youngest US Open Champion in history.  At 22 years and 46 days old, the only player younger than Rory to take the US Open title is Tiger Woods, and just like Tiger, Rory spent the whole week rewriting the record books.

A beautiful birdie in the par 3 tenth on Sunday at Congressional left McIlroy at 17 under par in a tournament that had never had a player score better than 12 under. Never.  Rory finished at 16 under par to win the championship by 8 strokes over Jason Day, who held off four players for second place.

The new question is whether Rory McIlroy is the guy that’s going to take golf over from Tiger Woods.  And, on a grander scale, now that Tiger seems like he’ll never be the same, is Rory the next in line to make a run at Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors.  I know it seems far-fetched, but Tiger was only 311 days younger than Rory when he won his first major, and it seems as though Tiger and Rory are working with the same set of tools.  The biggest difference is going to be whether Rory can handle the scrutiny that will be every fan and media member clamoring for story lines that will compare he and Tiger.

I’m a Rory fan just like I’m a Tiger fan just like I’m a Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell and Steve Stricker.  Great golf is amazing to watch, and the PGA tour is absolutely over-flowing with great golf.  I’ll spend four hours telling you all about it, all you have to do is cover my greens fee and we’ll do a interview on the links.

For my money, no one wins more majors than Jack Nicklaus.  Let me know if you think someone will.


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