Prof: Circumstances got away from the Magical Land of Cleve this evening. The Blue Jays found themselves victorious over the Indians, in a big way. Did you know this is the first loss for Cleveland in twenty days? That’s quite the feat.
Toronto keeps hope alive by taking a short rested Corey Kluber out behind the woodshed. Aaron Sanchez had a great outing; six innings with only two hits and one earned run. On the offensive side, Josh Donaldson got things started by hitting a home run in the third inning. Cleveland struggled all night, and just couldn’t get it done against a Jays team who found their wings (or maybe their Edwing?).
Game Five is tomorrow afternoon at Rogers Centre. This is do or die for Toronto, much like this one was. Our matchup is Ryan Merritt vs Marco Estrada.
Fun fact – there used to be an old commercial where Erik Estrada, of C.H.i.P.S. fame, was “selling” vanity sunglasses that said the word “ESTRADA” on them. He would move his fingers over his eyes not unlike Uma Thurman in “Pulp Fiction” and say “ESTRADA” in a slow, weirdly seductive way. To this day, every single time I say Marco Estrada’s name, I do that exact same thing.
Anyway, Merritt vs. Estrada. I’m curious if Marco will continue to show impressive strength in the face of his herniated disk, or if the Indians’ bats will decide to show up and assist Merritt in this incredibly important game. Turn in tomorrow to find out.
/moves fingers over eyes/ ESTRADA.
Prof: You don’t want me to recap the NLCS. Trust me. You don’t. Because this is all you’re getting from me.
I’ll let Scout give you this one.
Scouts: Okay, okay I guess I’ll recap this one. Chicago’s offense has been non-existent lately. As you all know I’m not a big NL guy, but I was promised a AL offense. What the hell Chicago? 4 hits? I know Rich Hill is having a magical season, but DAMN SON. The closest the Cubbies came to scoring was a 2 out double in the 8th, which Dave Roberts responded to by bringing in their closer. Seriously just a fuck you move right there. Kris Bryant ending the inning striking out swinging. Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run home run that almost ended in embarrassment. He dropped the bat, then started strutting to first on a ball that cleared the fence by about 3 inches. C’mon Son! Justin Turner also hit a solo home run as Jake the snake was not very snake or very Jake like giving up 6 hits and 4 runs over just 5 innings. I’ve seen this Arrieta before. I attended SEVERAL of these games in Baltimore. Games that left you shaking your head at a talent that just somehow wakes up and can’t get out of the middle of the zone with flat fastballs.
I wouldn’t say it’s time for Cubbies fans to panck just yet, as the Dodgers rotation outside Hill and Kershaw isn’t anything to fret over, however that lineup needs to get their asses in gear like now. Rizzo is batting .091, Zobrist is .100, Russell has yet to collect a hit, and if I remember my Cubs/Giants headlines correctly most of the damage in that series was done by the pitchers. Daaaaamn!
Game 4 is Tonight at 8 pm EST.