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.
Tomlin has largely gotten rid of his cutter, has thrown more curves, and as a result has been outstanding against two scary lineups.
In which Terry Francona talks about what criteria he used for taking Tomlin of the game last night.
It sure has.
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.
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:
Zach Britton's "game worn" jersey from the 2016 AL Wild Card game is available for auction. pic.twitter.com/PfxDB75ipW— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) October 15, 2016