Stroman Looks to Stop Bleeding For Jays
By: James Kelly Jr. – @KellyJLive
The razor blade that is the pitching staff of the Cleveland Indians, will look to open the wound even more tonight in Toronto. The Indians took the first two in Cleveland, and look to continue the shutdown of that potent Toronto lineup.
Corey Kluber and Josh Tomlin, silenced the bats in games one and two, and Trevor Bauer, coming off a slight finger injury, will look to do the same tonight. Cleveland has done it, not only with their starters, but their pen has been lights out. Thanks in part to the ridiculous dominance of lefty, Andrew Miller, and that insane slider that has locked up Toronto hitters thus far.
Toronto will call on the feisty, Marcus Stroman, to save the season. Stroman pitches very well in front of his home crowd. He gave up just two earned runs in six innings, in the AL Wild Card game. If the Jays can scratch out a win in game 3, and get the ball to 15-2, Aaron Sanchez, tomorrow afternoon, they could very well see this series tied up just like that.
I like the Blue Jays chances tonight. Josh Donaldson is a career .400 off Bauer. If the Jays can get base runners on in front of him, maybe he can get the big hit. Donaldson, along with Bautista and Encarnacion, need to get the bats going, and get to Bauer before the Indians get to the back-end of that pen. If the Jays are down after 7, forget it. The Jays need an early lead, and force Cleveland to do what they haven’t had to do all playoffs : play from behind. Take that pen out of the game.