Here are three interesting items from the League Championship Series on Wednesday …• The Indians rode a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays to the franchise's sixth pennant as they took the American League Championship Series four games to one.:: ALCS: Blue Jays vs. Indians coverage ::• World Series Game
Here are three interesting items from the League Championship Series on Wednesday …
• The Indians rode a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays to the franchise's sixth pennant as they took the American League Championship Series four games to one.
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• World Series Game 1: Tuesday on FOX
Ryan Merritt started, going 4 1/3 innings, and the bullpen finished the job at Rogers Centre. Cleveland had a 1.43 ERA for the five-game series. Southpaw Andrew Miller was named the ALCS MVP, after making four appearances (he came out of the 'pen in each of the four Indians victories) covering 7 2/3 innings. In his work, Miller posted a 0.00 ERA, allowed three hits and no walks, and fanned 14 of the 25 batters he faced. Among all LCS pitchers with at least four appearances, Miller's WHIP (0.391) is the 14th lowest. Among the 13 with lower marks, the most innings thrown belongs to Brad Lidge, with eight in 2004. Lidge posted a 0.375 WHIP. Miller is also one of 68 pitchers to post a 0.00 ERA in an LCS. Among those 68, his 7 2/3 innings are the second most, after Lidge's eight in '04.
• Shortstop Francisco Lindor was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Lindor, 22, posted a .979 OPS in the ALCS. Among players younger than 23 years old who had at least 20 plate appearances in a World Series or LCS, that .979 stands as the eighth highest, behind Tim McCarver (1.291 in 1964 World Series), Andruw Jones (1.250 in '96 World Series), Jimmie Foxx (1.081 in '29 World Series), Mickey Mantle (1.061 in '52 World Series), Foxx again (1.058 in '30 World Series), Derek Jeter (1.042 in '96 ALCS), and Miguel Cabrera (1.027 in 2003 National League Championship Series).
• After tallying no runs and six hits in their previous two games combined, the Cubs compiled 13 hits in a 10-2 win in Game 4 over the Dodgers to even the NLCS at two games apiece.
• NLCS Game 5: Tonight at 8 on FS1
The Cubs' infield in this Game 4 win included Anthony Rizzo at first base (27 years and 72 days old), Javier Báez at second (23 years, 323 days), Addison Russell at shortstop (22 years, 270 days) and Kris Bryant at third (24 years, 289 days). Each of the four reached base safely at least twice. Before this game, postseason history had never seen an example of a starting infield quartet all being younger than 28 years old and all reaching safely at least twice. Three members doing it had occurred 32 times, most recently by the Cubs (Bryant, Russell and Baez) in Game 3 of the 2016 NL Division Series against the Giants.
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com.