Indians starter Trevor Bauer attempted to pitch with ten stitches crisscrossing the pinky finger on his pitching hand. He started the game by striking out Jose Bautista looking on a full count. It looked like he might be able to give the innings a solid night of work. He pitched around Josh Donaldson and gave up a walk, then got Edwin Encarnacion to line out. So far, so good huh? Oh wait, blood dripping on his uniform and blood on the rubber.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons walked to the home plate umpire and demanded that they look at his pinky. It did not take them long to make a decision, Bauer was done. As he walked back to the dugout, a chorus of cheers rained down from the sellout crowd in the Rogers Centre. Humans have a long history of enjoying blood, guts, and gore at sporting events. Why, the last known Gladiator fight in the Roman Coliseum was 1,600 years ago. Surely society hasn’t progressed much since then, especially in Toronto, where the fans, like the team they root for, have no class.
The good news is that the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2. The win gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the ALCS. The Indians are now one game away from advancing to the World Series to play the winner of the Cubs and Dodgers series, and Jose Bautista is complaining again.
Yes once again he’s complaining about the strike zone. Essentially, Bautista is implying the Indians pitchers don’t have to throw him pitches down the middle because the umpires are part of a larger conspiracy against Toronto. As he put it, there’s “circumstances”. While Bautista has a point on certain pitches, this is not something solely going against the Blue Jays. The umpiring at times has been questionable, but for Both teams. This is no way to handle being down 0-3 and just makes Bautista look like he is whining instead of working hard to help lead his team to a victory. We’ve heard the whining before. Bautista can complain all he wants, but he has still struck out six times in the first three games of the series and has done nothing to help his team. These complaints may draw more frustration from his teammates as they may want him to back it up with some production on the field. I say “may” because he’s not the only complainer on a team of rude, arrogant whiners.
The fact is that the Indian pitching has shut down the Toronto hitting, plain and simple. Every time the Jays are embarrassed they blame everyone else but themselves. They’re a team that’s not as good as they think. Stop complaining and start playing like the superstars you think you are. Twitter battles and conspiracy theories aside, Bautista and the Blue Jays will have to overcome these “circumstances” quickly, as Game 4 is set for this afternoon in Toronto.
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