TORONTO (92.3 The Fan) – Being down 0-2 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series isn’t the only circumstance the Toronto Blue Jays are concerned about.
And on Sunday, Jose Bautista voiced his displeasure with an additional challenge he believes his team has faced in the first two games against the Cleveland Indians.
Spoiler alert: He appears to believe everyone is out to get the Jays.
Through the first two games of the ALCS, the Jays have managed to score just one run against Tribe pitching, and Bautista in particular has struggled, going 0-for-6 with five strikeouts.
Many of Toronto’s issues at the plate have come when Cleveland’s ace reliever, Andrew Miller, has been on the mound. The lanky lefty has struck out 10 of the 12 batters he has faced thus far in the ALCS, picking up a pair of called third strikes in two games.
As for what the numbers say, the perceived divide between the Jays and Indians hasn’t been as large as Bautista believes, at least according to the data.
If there’s more talking to be done by Bautista, it will have to wait until after Monday’s Game 3 at the Rogers Centre. And by that time, who knows how many more circumstances the Jays will need to overcome to get back into the series.