The Cleveland Indians look to remain undefeated in the 2016 MLB playoffs when they host the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday afternoon. Cleveland took a 1-0 series lead on Friday night, defeating Toronto 2-0.
Less than 24 hours after Indians ace Corey Kluber shut down the Blue Jays, Josh Tomlin gets the call for Cleveland. Going 13-9 with a 4.40 ERA in the regular season, the right-hander won Game 3 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox, allowing two runs in five innings in the clincher.
It was supposed to be Trevor Bauer going for Cleveland in Game 2, but his start was pushed to Game 3 on Monday night because of an injury. He cut his finger while repairing a drone, but the laceration is expected to be healed in time for the Indians to visit Toronto.
J.A. Happ will try to even up the series for the Blue Jays, having led the team with 20 wins in the regular season. He won Game 1 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers by giving up one run in five innings. Happ had one of his best performances of the season when he faced the Indians on July 3, striking out 11 batters in seven innings while giving up one run in a 17-1 victory.
Game 1 was decided on one swing when Cleveland took the lead in the sixth inning on a two-run home run by Francisco Lindor. The two offenses were nearly even in the series opener, just as they were in the regular season. The Indians had the edge in runs per game (4.8 to 4.7) and slugging percentage (.430 to .426), while the Blue Jays posted a slightly higher on-base percentage (.330 to .329).
Toronto slugger Jose Bautista has two homers in the playoffs, but he’s hitting just .167. Catcher Russell Martin has one hit in 20 at-bats.
Game 2 begins at 4 p.m. EDT. TBS has the TV broadcast, but the contest can also be seen with a free live stream online at TBS.com.