Perpetually spectacular pitching, thy name is Cleveland.
In an unsurprising sequence of events, the Cleveland Indians, owners of one of baseball’s most competent and consistent pitching staffs, quieted the Blue Jays bats in a swift three-game series at Rogers Centre this week. Led valiantly by Shane Bieber, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Wednesday, the Indians left Toronto with a pair of well-earned victories.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from this week’s tilts against the Tribe:
With the team only managing to put five runs on the board the entire series, offensive positives were hard to find. Still, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (4-for-8, 2B, 2 BB) shone, albeit quietly, while Justin Smoak (3-for-10, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB) had a clutch middle game, perhaps single-handedly winning the game for the Blue Jays.
Marcus Stroman (7.0 IP, 5 H, R/ER, BB, 6 SO, L) was fantastic in the finale, which could possibly be his last start in a Blue Jays uniform, while relievers Joe Biagini (2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 2 SO), Ken Giles (1.0 IP, H, 0 R/ER, BB, SO, W), Derek Law (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER), and David Phelps (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 2 SO) …
Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation