ALDS: Cleveland over Boston (3 games to 0), Toronto over Texas (3 games to 0)
Cleveland continued to ride the momentum it gained rolling over Boston in the ALDS. Toronto, which also swept its opponent in the ALDS, fell flat against the Indians’ dominant pitching. Led by Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller, the Indians held the Blue Jays’ powerful lineup to three runs over the first three games to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Indians manager Terry Francona revolutionized postseason bullpen use in the process, deploying Miller not just in the late innings, but when his team most needed outs. In turn, Miller put together one of the most dominant series in postseason history, striking out 14 of 25 batters he faced over four games.
Kluber, Miller and reliever Cody Allen combined allowed just two runs over 23 2/3 innings, which allowed the Indians to roll despite hitting just .168 as a team. That set a record for the lowest average by a winning team in postseason series history. But it mattered little with Cleveland now in a position to win its first World Series title since 1948.