The Cleveland Indians are going back to the World Series for the first time since 1997. They have only won it twice, in 1920 and 1948.
Andrew Miller was named the ALCS MVP after the Indians beat the Blue Jays in Game 5 in Toronto 3-0 to win the series four games to one.
Terry Francona should probably be put in the Hall of Fame now. With a depleted rotation, two guys down (Carrasco and Salazar), another cuts up his hand (Bauer), he deftly guided his bullpen—thanks to Miller—to a sweep of Boston and a five-game win over Toronto. Good pitching beat good hitting. When you look at his rotation problems right now, you say “No Way!”. Fabulous job by Francona.
Here is one example of the Indians depleted rotation and the job Francona did. The Game 5 starter for Cleveland was Ryan Merritt, a 24 yr. old rookie who had just four major league games under his belt and just one start. He pitched 4 1/3 innings.
Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp hit solo HRs for Cleveland in the game. Francisco Lindor, who could have been ALCS MVP himself, had 3 hits.
In the NLCS, the Cubs offense woke up after being shut out in Games 2 and 3 and they evened the series at two games apiece, winning Game Four 10-2.
Anthony Rizzo had 3 hits, 3 RBI, inc. a HR. Addison Russell had 3 hits, 2 RBI inc. a HR. The Dodgers were sloppy in making four errors.
I never saw a pitcher wearing a single digit number before Urias last night. And that is in 50 years of watching baseball. How about you?