The Cleveland Indians have been held to just 4 runs through the first two ALCS games. The Blue Jays pitching has been great. But the Jays have only scored 1 run in two games, because the Tribe’s pitching has been even better.
And the dude who deserves the most credit? Andrew Mark Miller. This cat is a human buzz saw. He’s faced 12 batters in the ALCS thus far. Here’s how they fared: Strikeout, strikeout, single, strikeout, strikeout, strikeout, strikeout, strikeout, strikeout, groundout, strikeout, strikeout. The dude has struck out 10 of 12 batters he’s faced.
Terry Francona said, “That’s a reason we gave up what we did for him.”
Honestly, Tito, I don’t care WHAT you gave up for him, he’s STILL a steal. You overpay for a guy who shows up and does that in the postseason. If a guy gets 11 of the 12 guys he faces in the ALCS, ten by punch out, surely, the guys going down have to acknowledge dude’s a game changer. Game recognizes game, right? Not if you’re Joey Bats, you don’t. He blames the “elements” and “circumstances.”
Circumstances? Ok. I’ll take a shot at decoding that. I might really be going out on a limb here, but I’m going to say Circumstances equals umpires. You think you’re getting jammed by the umps. Miller and the Indians aren’t the reason you’re down 2-0, the umps are. Despite, what the Texas Rangers think, I think Bautista is a class act. And a helluva player. But that’s a bad take. And a worse look.
You’ve been in this long enough to know that calls don’t always go your way. And other times, they ALL go your way. It’s the nature of the sport. The “circumstance” that’s hurting your team wears number 24 for the Indians. He’s the one killing your lineup, not the blue.