Blue Jays optimistic bats will have an awakening up north | New York Post
CLEVELAND -- After slugging their way past the Rangers in the ALDS, the Blue Jays have scored one run in two games against the Indians. They are hitting .159.
After Saturday's 2-1 victory at Progressive Field, the Indians lead the ALCS 2-0.
The Blue Jays are trying to figure out what went wrong, but they are heading home for three games (if necessary) where the series can change quickly at the Rogers Centre. Game 3 is Monday in Toronto.
"They've done a good job and have gotten ahead on a lot of counts and they were able to put guys away," Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson said of the Indians pitchers. "It would be nice to jump out and get a lead early. We are going to have to regroup, focus in, hone it in a bit more. We faced them two days in a row, so we should know what they are trying to do against us and we should have a better approach."
The Blue Jays have been able to bounce back in the past in the postseason.
As for Andrew Miller's total dominance, Donaldson said, "He is deceptive and he has made some good quality pitches. We still feel confident that we can score against Miller and whoever.
"We know it's going to be pretty fun to get in front of our fans," said Donaldson, whose third-inning double was his sixth of the postseason, a franchise record. "We're going to get the last at-bat now, and we'll see how that goes."
It also should help the Blue Jays that Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger are the next two scheduled starters for the Indians.
Slugger Jose Bautista has yet to get a hit in the series.
"We don't face these guys Dust Mite Bedding Covers a lot during the regular season," Donaldson said. "But now we should have a pretty good idea going into the third game. The fact of the matter is we can do a better job of swinging the bat and scoring some runs."
Noted second baseman Darwin Barney of Miller: "The more information your computer gets in your mind, we just need to make those adjustments. The guy is pitching really well. He is not letting us get into plus counts. He's getting strikes with back-door sliders and even though it's 93, it plays up a little bit. It's a long series, we are going to see him again and hopefully we can make those adjustments."