With the exception of one game, the Toronto Blue Jays could not make a dent in the Cleveland Indians pitching, and fall in the ALCS four games to one. It was a team effort by the offense, as they managed just a .201 average for the series. They did a poor job of setting the table, with a .283 OBP with no one on, and did a worse job of advancing runners, with a .105 average with men on base. So much for the “he should be shaking in his boots” comment by Jose Bautista about rookie Ryan Merritt .
Meanwhile, the Indians pitching staff demonstrated how to work as a unit. Epically the bullpens lead by MVP Andrew Miller. He was simply “lights out” against the over rated Blue Jays. Miller had 14 strikeouts and three hits allowed in 7 2/3 shutout innings.
The Blue Jays now face the loss of a number of starters including two of their big sluggers, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. It’s possible the window of opportunity for the Blue Jays to win a World Series has closed. Hey I’m glad, I was getting tired of their act.
For the first time since 1997, the Indians are the champions of the AL. This marks the sixth pennant for the Cleveland franchise, which has not won the World Series since the days of Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau and Larry Doby in 1948. The 68-year drought is the second longest in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Cubs, who have not won it all since 1908. Now wouldn’t you just love it if the Cubs could finish off the Dodgers? Wouldn’t that be fun!
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