Just one team in the history of baseball has won a best-of-seven postseason series after being down three games to none.
Indians manager Terry Francona should be quite familiar with that, as he managed the team that did it, the 2004 Red Sox, who not only came back from that deficit, but did so after being three outs from being eliminated.
So it’s been done, and the Blue Jays will try to make that two teams beginning this afternoon. The Tribe’s pitching staff is completely banged up, yet they managed to ride their bullpen to victory in Game 3.
They’re coming back with Game 1 starter Corey Kluber in this one, on three days’ rest. That hasn’t worked well for other teams in the postseason in recent years, and Kluber has never started on three days’ rest.
Meanwhile, Toronto goes with Aaron Sanchez, who hasn’t pitched in nine days, not since starting the Jays’ clinching Game 3 of their division series against the Rangers.
Today’s game is on TBS at 3 p.m. CT. Announcers: Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling & Cal Ripken, Jr. (analysts) with Sam Ryan (reporter).
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