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Sunday News and Notes: Pitching staff the reason Indians are up 2-0 in ALCS

In the NLDS, the Cubs get out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a late grand slam

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Yesterday's Game: Indians 2, Blue Jays 1

Andrew Miller decimates Blue Jays in 2-1 victory - Let's Go Tribe

Andrew Miller, Indians beat Jays in Game 2 | indians.com

What more can you say about about the pitching that hasn't already been said? Josh Tomlin, who many of us (including me) had written off in August, has now held the Red Sox and Blue Jays to two runs in 10.2 innings pitched (and no home runs). Then of course there's Andrew Miller, who has probably broken several pitching formulas this offseason.

How Josh Tomlin Beat Two of Baseball’s Best | FanGraphs Baseball

Tomlin has largely gotten rid of his cutter, has thrown more curves, and as a result has been outstanding against two scary lineups.

Sunday Notes: Loop, Cole, Battling Bucs, Bullpens, Tribe, more | FanGraphs Baseball

In which Terry Francona talks about what criteria he used for taking Tomlin of the game last night.

Strikeout machine Andrew Miller has changed the game for the Cleveland Indians in 2016 | cleveland.com

It sure has.

Josh Tomlin helps Indians to 2-0 ALCS edge | MLB.com

You might have briefly caught a shot of Jeff Manship and Zach McAllister throwing in the Indians pen after Game 2, and it's because neither has pitched this offseason. It's a good thing that the Indians haven't had to use the last two short relievers on the roster, but at the same time Francona will have to use them at some point.

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Cubs defeat Dodgers in Game 1 of NLCS | MLB.com

With runners on first and second and two outs in the eighth inning, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had Joe Blanton walk Chris Coghlan to get to Aroldis Chapman's spot in the lineup. Cubs manager Joe Madden responded by pinch-hitting for his closer, and boy did that move pay off:

And finally....