Trevor Bauer drops the mic on Jose Bautista after clinching World Series berth
The ALCS may not have started too well for Trevor Bauer, but the Cleveland pitcher got the last laugh when the Indians eliminated the Blue Jays in Game 5 on Wednesday to advance to the World Series.
Bauer, as you undoubtedly remember, started Game 3 but was forced to leave after only 21 pitches because a gruesome cut on his pinky finger began to spurt blood.
The Indians became aware of the now-infamous drone injury just hours before setting their ALCS roster, giving them enough time to add rookie left-hander Ryan Merritt as an insurance policy. And sure enough, Merritt — he of the 11 innings of major-league experience — got the start in Game 5.
In an attempt to rattle the 24-year-old prior to the outing, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista predicted that he was “pretty sure [Merritt’s] going to be shaking in his boots” when he took the mound at a raucous Rogers Centre. Well, Merritt shocked the world by tossing 4 1/3 scoreless innings in the Indians' 3-0 win.
That prompted this tweet from Bauer to Bautista, who turned 36 on Wednesday:
The Indians will host Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against either the Cubs or Dodgers, giving Bauer plenty of time to let his finger heal and stay away from drones.
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) October 20, 2016