Wow. That didn’t go as expected. At least not how I expected.
The Toronto Blue Jays have been eliminated after the Cleveland Indians beat them in five games in the ALCS. The Indians won Game 5 3-0 at Rogers Centre in Toronto Wednesday afternoon to close it out and end the Jays’ season.
I expected (and predicted) Toronto would win in six games. But I also predicted the Cubs would beat the Dodgers in five games in the NLCS and that’s not going to happen either.
So what happened to the Blue Jays? Their offense that overpowered the Rangers’ rotation in three ALDS games went AWOL against the Indians.
They scored 22 runs in three games against the Rangers while hitting eight homers, five doubles and a triple. Four of those doubles came from Josh Donaldson. Two of the eight homers came from Edwin Encarnacion.
The Blue Jays’ offense went from scorching hot against the Rangers in the ALDS to ice cold against the Indians in the ALCS.
Toronto’s offense, however, didn’t get the memo to bring the bats to the next round. The Indians’ pitching staff held the Jays to eight runs and two homers in five games. They went from compiling 14 extra-base hits against the Rangers to just seven against the Indians. Donaldson hit for average in the LCS but only drove in two runs. Jose Bautista, who hit a homer and had four RBIs in the LDS, was held to one double and no RBIs against the Indians. Encarnacion had no homers and two RBIs.
So what happened?
Was the Indians’ injury-riddled rotation headed by Corey Kluber just better equipped to handle the Jays’ lineup than Cole Hamels, Yu Darvish and Colby Lewis? Or did the Jays’ bats just go from boiling hot to freezing cold in the span of several days?
Or was there an umpire conspiracy against the Blue Jays, as Bautista asserted after the Indians took a 2-0 lead? Or is the Mike Napoli factor in play? He’s in the World Series with his third different team in the past six seasons.
The only clear answer to any of these questions is this: Bautista is a loon. And Blue Jays fans are still doing ridiculous things.