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?
Posted in Awards, Managers and Coaches, Mike's Musings, Players, Postseason
Tagged Crisp, Francona, Lindor, Merritt, Miller, Rizzo, Russell, Santana
Jason Kipnis once again got the big hit, a HR that broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth, and Andrew Miller was once again dominating, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings and striking out three for the save, in Cleveland’s 4-3 win over Toronto last night.
In nine postseason innings, Miller has struck out 20.
The win puts Cleveland on the brink of winning the AL Pennant. They are up 3 games to none in the series. The last time the Indians were in the WS was in 1997 when they lost Game 7 in extra innings to the Marlins. The last time the Indians won the WS was in 1948 when they beat the Boston (Spahn and Sain and pray for rain) Braves.
Indians pitcher Trey Bauer only lasted 2/3 of an inning because a laceration on his pitching hand (pinky finger) opened up and he was bleeding badly on the mound. Indians’ manager Terry Francona mixed and matched, and the Indians used seven pitchers in the game, including Bauer.
The Indians go for the sweep at 4 pm today.
In the NLCS, Game 3 between the Cubs and Dodgers is at 8 pm. The series is tied at one game apiece.
I read one post somewhere from one fan who thinks the umpires should be split across countries because Toronto is from Canada. That there should be some Canadian umpires in this series. What’s next? Japanese umpires if you have a Japanese pitcher like Tanaka? Dominican umpires for those players? Just the whines of a crybaby Blue Jays fan.
Andrew Miller may be the most dominating player in the postseason right now. In 7 2/3 innings of relief, he has struck out 17. He pitched two more scoreless innings of relief yesterday, giving up no hits and no runs and striking out five in Cleveland’s 2-1 win over Toronto.
The win puts Cleveland up 2 games to none. They now head to Toronto for the next three games in the best-of-seven ALCS. Today is an off day.
Once again, Francisco Lindor came up with the game winning hit for the Indians.
In the NLCS, Miguel Montero hit a PH grand slam in the bottom of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie and lead the Cubs to a 8-4 win in Game One of the NLCS. I don’t know what Joe Blanton was thinking. He gave up the meatball on an 0-2 pitch. Then, the next hitter, Dexter Fowler, hit another HR and it was game over.
This after Aroldis Chapman entered the game in the top of the eighth with the bases loaded, no one out and the Cubs having a 3-1 lead. He got two strikeouts but Adrian Gonzalez tied the game with a single before Chapman got the final out.
Ex-NY Jet Dennis Byrd over came a severe injury on the football field to learn how to walk again when it looked like he would be paralyzed for life. How sad is it to learn that after overcoming that, that Byrd died in a car accident yesterday.
I am watching the ND-Stanford game yesterday, and ND gives up a safety. I have to ask, why with your team backed up against its own end zone, is the QB in a shotgun? The center snaps the ball over the QB’s head and into or through the back of the end zone for a safety. Too often I see shotgun and no back formations. When backed up against your own end zone, do it the old-fashioned way—-have your QB right under the center with his hands under the center’s ass for the snap. It’s not that complicated, coaches.
Arizona Fall League: Only Gleyber Torres of the Yankees’ prospects played. He was 0 for 4 and struck out twice. There are no games today, Sunday.
Posted in Ex-Players, Managers and Coaches, Mike's Musings, Minor Leagues, Players, Postseason, Winter Leagues
Tagged Blanton, Byrd, Chapman, Fowler, Gonzalez, Lindor, Miller, Montero, Torres
The Dodgers beat the Nationals 4-3 in Game 5 to advance to the NLCS where they will play the Cubs.
The Dodgers scored all four runs in the seventh, coming from down 1-0. Clayton Kershaw had to come out of the bullpen with two on and one out to close out the game. Justin Turner drove in two runs.
I don’t know what the Nationals third base coach was thinking on one play when Jayson Werth was thrown out at the plate. He was out by 30 feet.
Chris Parmalee refused assignment to SWB and opted to become a free agent.
No Yankees prospects played for Scottsdale in their Arizona Fall League game yesterday.
The Yankees announced that they are bringing back pitching coach Larry Rothschild for 2017.
In the AL, Texas and Boston are one loss away from being eliminated.
Toronto hit 4 HR, 3 in one inning, to beat Texas 5-3.
Cleveland shut out Boston 6-0. David Price’s postseason troubles continue.
Toronto and Cleveland are both up 2 games to none in the best-of-five.
In the NL, the Dodgers beat Washington 4-3 to win Game 1 of that series.
The Cubs got an 8th inning HR from Javier Baez and beat the Giants 1-0 in Game 1 of that series.
Unlike Buck Showalter the other night leaving his best in the bullpen, Terry Francona of Cleveland went to Andrew Miller early…in the fifth inning, and Miller provided two key innings of scoreless middle relief in Cleveland’s 5-4 win over Boston in Game 1 of their division series. Cleveland hit 3 hr in one inning. There were six HRs hit in the game, three by each side.
Toronto hammered Texas 10-1 in the first game of their division series, knocking out Cole Hamels in the fourth inning. Marco Estrada went 8 1/3, giving up just four hits and one run. Josh Donaldson was 4 for 4, scored 2, drove in 2. Troy Tulowitzki had a base-loaded triple among his 3 hits, and Jose Bautista homered and drove in 4 runs.
Eric Young, Jr. decided not to accept the Yanks optioning him to SWB and became a free agent. Young got in six games with the Yanks in September, went 0 for 1, scored 2 runs and stole 1 base.
Posted in Managers and Coaches, Mike's Musings, Offseason Moves, Players, Postseason
Tagged Bautista, Donaldson, Estrada, Francona, Hamels, Miller, Showalter, Tulowitzki, Young
Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete-game 4-hit shutout as the Giants eliminated the Mets in the NL wild card game, 3-0. They now face the Cubs.
Conor Gillaspie’s 3-run HR in the top of the ninth off of Jeurys Familia was the whole game.
Curtis Granderson did save a run for the Mets with a great catch, but in the end, it all went for naught.
Noah Syndergaard pitched great for the Mets, 7 shutout innings, 2 hits, 10 K, but unlike Bumgarner, was pulled and didn’t pitch the complete game. It proved fatal for the Mets.
Bumgarner is now 8-3, 1.94 in postseason play. A postseason beast.
Meanwhile, Buck Showalter is getting blasted for not using his closer in the extra inning loss that the Orioles had up in Toronto the other night. He did the same mistake that Joe Torre did in Game 4 of the 2003 WS, which is saving your closer for a save on the road. Meanwhile your team never gives you a lead to save and some lesser pitcher loses the game for you while your best is in the bullpen. In extra innings, sometimes you need your best to preserve the tie and prevent a walkoff win.
ALDS series start today. Toronto at Texas, Boston at Cleveland.
A couple of Yankees moves. The Angels claimed Blake Parker and Kirby Yates off of waivers. Parker was 1-0, 4.96 after coming over from Seattle this year.
Yates was 2-1, 5.23.
Anthony Swarzak, who was 1-2, 5.52, refused assignment to SWB and became a free agent.
CC Sabathia will have routine knee surgery to clean it out.
Posted in Managers and Coaches, Mike's Musings, Offseason Moves, Players, Postseason
Tagged Bumgarner, Familia, Gillaspie, Granderson, Parker, Sabathia, Showalter, Swarzak, Syndergaard, Yates