There are two baseball games on tap for today, potentially for the last time all year. If the Indians knock off the Blue Jays and sweep them, there will be no more days with multiple baseball games this season. That will be it. I won't be sad if the Indians sweep the Blue Jays, however, and if you're reading this, I suspect you won't be all that broken up about it, either.
How ARE the Indians doing it? Well, they're holding down two very potent offenses in a way that nobody expected, and that's partially, though not mostly, explained by the presence and aggressive use of Andrew Miller. That guy seems like he's everywhere, his specter looming over any threat of any rally in any inning before he comes into the game. Miller's pitching so well that it's hard to see how he ever managed to give up even one run.
Can Cleveland manage to do it again even after their bullpen was heavily taxed yesterday? Maybe! It would be nice if they did.
On the other side of the continent and in a different country, the NLCS resumes tonight. The Cubs and the Dodgers are knotted at a game apiece. Both starting pitchers tonight are former Orioles: Jake Arrieta and Rich Hill. It's not surprising that Arrieta found success elsewhere. It's a lot more surprising that the guy who stunk for the 2009 Orioles is still around in the league somewhere - and not only that, but was a sought after trade deadline acquisition.
The fact that Hill is pitching tonight gives me another occasion to mention that he was bothered by a blister on his throwing hand periodically this season and one of his attempted remedies was peeing on his own hands. I guess when you get desperate enough, you'll try anything.
ALCS Game 4 airs on TBS with a first pitch at 4:08. NLCS Game 3 airs on Fox Sports 1 with a first pitch at 8:08.
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Carlos Santana - DH||Jose Bautista - RF|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Francisco Lindor - SS||Edwin Encarnacion - 1B|
|Mike Napoli - 1B||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Jose Ramirez - 3B||Russell Martin - C|
|Lonnie Chisenhall - RF||Michael Saunders - DH|
|Coco Crisp - LF||Ezequiel Carrera - LF|
|Tyler Naquin - CF||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Roberto Perez - C||Ryan Goins - 2B|
|Corey Kluber - RHP||Aaron Sanchez - RHP|