Jonah Keri makes his elevator pitch to three-time Emmy Award winning host and play-by-play announcer Ernie Johnson of Turner Sports about his father Ernie Sr., MLB pitcher and broadcaster; EJ’s one season playing college baseball; his start in…
TORONTO — It figured to be a blowout. The powerful Blue Jays lineup had finally snapped out of its ALCS-long slump in Game 4, setting up a Game 5 matchup with Indians rookie left-hander Ryan Merritt.
The 24-year-old southpaw had made exactly one major league start coming into Wednesday’s game.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays beat the Indians 5-1 in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on Tuesday, staving off elimination and setting up Game 5 in Toronto. The win also set up another scenario: the Jays becoming only the second team in MLB history to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-7 playoff series.
The most popular entrance music for MLB relief pitchers, by far, is Johnny Cash’s rendition of God’s Gonna Cut You Down. Joe Beimel used it pitching for the Mariners in 2007. Drew Storen and Glen Perkins have used it for years. The two best relievers who’ve used it are Indians right-hander Cody Allen, who typically jogs in from the pen to pitch the ninth, and Andrew Miller, the Tribe’s unhittable ace reliever, who shelved the song after coming over in a deadline deal with the Yankees, but is just as terrifying on the mound as the message the song conveys.
Jonah Keri hears it through the grapevine from Heidi Watney, host of Quick Pitch on MLB Network, about progressing from coach’s daughter to beauty pageants to sideline reporting; the value of smiling; seeking adventure; reporting on the Red So…
Three thoughts on the Indians’ 2-1 victory in ALCS Game 2, while pondering how a sellout crowd can chant “Cody! Cody!” and not have it sound absurd…
This is not the Josh Tomlin you were looking for.
Glance at Josh Tomlin’s career numbers (4.48 ERA, 4.48 FIP, 1.6 homers per 9 innings) or even his full-year 2016 numbers (4.40 ERA, 4.88 FIP, 1.9 homers per 9 innings), you wouldn’t expect much.
Let’s get the caveats out of the way first. The Indians pitched really well Friday night. They played excellent defense. Plenty of other Jays hitters not named Martin made a lot of outs, too. And lineup order, in the grand scheme of things, is a relatively minor factor compared to many other variables that decide baseball games.
Dodgers. Nationals. One game for … well, some of the marbles.
Here are three factors to watch in the deciding Game 5 of this National League Division Series matchup.
The Nats have their ace going, while the Dodgers don’t.
Advantage … Dodgers?!
Some of the debate regarding whether or not the Dodgers should use Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Game 4 revolved around what a potential Game 5 matchup would look like.
The Indians were supposed to be outgunned. The Red Sox boasted the most potent offense in baseball, surging down the stretch to win the AL East handily, and peaking heading into October. Meanwhile, two of Cleveland’s top three starters got hurt, suffering injuries that knocked them out of the ALDS and leaving the club’s pitching staff seemingly too shorthanded to hang with the best teams in the American League.
Jonah Keri and his doppelgänger Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star and TSN discuss sports tragedies; reconciling the pluses and minuses of the Olympics; #sticktosports; athlete activism; controlling the message; “I’m all about love”; Jays, Raptors, and Leafs; the state of Canadian and American media; the secrets to success in journalism or any industry; and Bruce’s Life Tip.