New York's relief pitching collapsed in 1971, but then bullpens often follow bad years with good ones. The arrival of Sparky Lyle from Boston should help. Mel Stottlemyre, Fritz Peterson, Steve Kline and Mike Kekich will be the first four starters. They are not McNally, Cuellar, etc., but New York should not finish 21 games behind the Orioles again this season.
Cleveland has a new owner, Nick Mileti, who reminds some people of Bill Veeck. That is Veeck as in wreck, which is the recent status of the team. Sam McDowell's stormy career has blown off to San Francisco, but Alex Johnson comes to the lakefront with a reputation for walking on land when he should be running. Gaylord Perry will give an otherwise poor pitching staff some stability. So might Milt Wilcox, picked up from Cincinnati. Graig Nettles is a line third baseman with power (28 HRs, 86 RBIs), Chris Chambliss has potential at first and Ray Fosse gives the team a solid catcher. Mileti's showmanship could get some people out to the ball park. If so, there might be some money to work with and then the Indians can start working on their future. The present is too bleak to consider.