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Go inside the numbers and matchups that will decide Wednesdays game, and then vote for which team will win at the bottom of the page.What we learned in Game 4Aaron Sanchez outpitched Corey Kluber as the Indians managed only two hits, Josh Donaldson homered and saved a run with a diving stab at third, and the Blue Jays tacked on some late runs for a 5-1 victory. -- David SchoenfieldInside the pitching matchupWhen Ryan Merritt is on the mound: The 24-year-old rookie is a finesse lefty with 11 innings and one career start under his belt. He did pitch well in those 11 innings, giving up six hits and no walks. At Triple-A Columbus, he had a 3.70 ERA but only 92 strikeouts in 143? innings, so the Indians defense is going to have to make some plays behind him. He throws an 87-88 mph fastball, changeup, slider, curveball and cutter and the occasional kitchen sink.His minor league data suggests hes not a big ground-ball guy. He gave up 15 home runs but keep in mind the Triple-A home run rate was much lower than the MLB rate. As Jose Bautista said after Game 4, however, since the Blue Jays have never seen Merritt that could be an advantage for him.You have to think that Terry Francona will turn once again to his bullpen as he did in relief of Trevor Bauer in Game 3. Neither Andrew Miller nor Cody Allen pitched in Game 4, so theyre both available for longer stints if the Indians can take a lead in the middle innings. -- SchoenfieldWhen Marco Estrada is on the mound: That wont be easy, because Estrada has pitched two excellent games in the postseason, giving up three runs in 16? innings. In Game 1, he threw an eight-inning complete game in a 2-0 loss, Francisco Lindors two-run homer the difference.Estrada expertly keeps hitters off-balance with his upper 80s fastball and seemingly unhittable changeup, maybe the best in the game. Thrown 75-78 mph, Estrada has the ability to manipulate the changeup to both sides of the plate, so its moving away from lefties on the outside corner and also away from righties on the outside corner to them. Batters hit only .159 against it with a 32 percent strikeout rate. He mixes in a curveball and a cutter, although he largely has ditched the cutter down the stretch, throwing only four of them in Game 1 and two in his other playoff start.Estrada had the second-highest fly ball rate among qualified starters in the majors, so he doesnt give up a lot of hits. The key to beating him is hoping a couple of those fly balls leave the park. Unlike Marcus Stroman and Sanchez, Estrada didnt suffer much of a drop-off the third time through the order: .623 OPS the first time, .630 the second time and .707 the third time. -- SchoenfieldPlayer in the spotlightJosh Donaldson. Hes hitting .438 in the postseason with seven extra-base hits. Hes the guy who seems to energize this team. He gets to face a lefty and he feasts on lefties. If the series heads back to Cleveland, its probably because Donaldson has done something big. -- SchoenfieldDid you know ...Cleveland could be grateful Toronto forced a Game 5. Of the eight teams to sweep an LCS in a best-of-seven format (since 1985), seven of them went on to lose the World Series, including the last five. The only team to sweep a best-of-seven LCS and go on to win the World Series was the 1995 Braves. -- ESPN Stats & InformationWhat will decide Wednesdays gameCleveland has registered a .198 on-base percentage so far this postseason against off-speed pitches, second worst among teams to play multiple games this postseason. During the regular season, they ranked third in baseball with a .286 OBP against off-speed pitches, just in front of Toronto (.280).Estrada threw his changeup at a higher rate than any other qualified starter in the regular season (28.6 percent), so the Indians will need to find their regular-season success against off-speed pitches to be able to clinch in Game 5. -- ESPN Stats & InformationChoosing sides: Who will win? The Blue Jays finally showed a pulse in Game 4, and theyll make things really interesting with another win by Estrada over the untested rookie Merritt. The Indians havent done things easily all season, and theyre not about to start now. -- Jerry Crasnick The Blue Jays are going to send this series back to Cleveland. Rookie lefty Merritt appeared to be very nervous talking to the media the other day. Perhaps that was just being in a new environment. However, how he is going to react with 40,000-plus Jays fans screaming and a lethal lineup? Toronto will take advantage.-- Andrew MarchandAbsolutely nothing about this series -- or the Division Series between the Indians and Red Sox, for that matter -- has gone the way I thought it would. So, I probably should go against the grain and predict that Merritt will pitch the Tribe to its first pennant since 1997. Sorry, cant do it. The Blue Jays offense finally broke through in Game 4 and will tee off on the Indians rookie lefty to send the series back to Cleveland. -- Scott LauberWhere the series standsThe Indians are up 3-1 even though theyre hitting a meager .164 in the series. The Blue Jays are hitting .204. This game feels like a complete wild card. Can Merritt keep the Indians in the game before the relievers enter? Can the Indians hit the ball out of the park off Estrada? How many outs can Miller get? Will Edwin Encarnacion or Bautista launch one? If there is a Game 6, its J.A. Happ versus Josh Tomlin. -- Schoenfield Barry Bonds Jersey . -- Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday despite being hampered by hamstring injuries. Kent Tekulve Jersey . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. http://www.piratesrookiestore.com/Pirates-John-Jaso-Kids-Jersey/ . What general manager Dave Nonis called "short and productive" negotiations ended with Kessel signing a US$64-million, eight-year contract on Tuesday. Corey Dickerson Jersey . Spiller left Week 3s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets with a thigh injury, but fully practiced with the team all week and expects to be ready to go on Sunday. Roberto Clemente Jersey . Denis Coderre, the former federal MP who was elected mayor on Nov. 3, has drawn the ire of some Montreal Canadiens. During last nights game he tweeted: "Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to (minor-league) Hamilton for David Desharnais please. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Ahoy there, Captain K.Mike Krzyzewski has warmed up to staying on a cruise ship during the Rio Olympics.The U.S. mens and womens Olympic basketball teams are being housed on the 196-cabin, Silver Cloud cruise ship and the luxurious accommodations have been a talking point even before the Americans arrival.Krzyzewski, who plans to step down as Team USAs coach after these games end, was asked by a French reporter about his teams living quarters following a 113-69 win over Venezuela on Monday.Coach K proceeded to go on a comical rant about his teams floating lodgings.Well, we dont live on a boat, he said. Were staying on a boat. I actually live in Durham, North Carolina. I have a swimming pool and once in a while I get on a raft and lie in there. But Ive never really thought about living on a boat. Since 1992 the U.S. teams have stayed in different locations and those are the accommodations here and that was good.The typically serious Krzyzewski was just clearing his throat.Its not our boat, he deadpanned, and were not the only people on the boat. There are other people on the boat that we ssee, that we say `good morning to and `hello.dddddddddddd Weve actually made friends on the boat. I never knew I would have boat friends. In fact, now that Im talking about it, I might go buy a boat. But Id have to have a bigger swimming pool. Its a place to stay and were here to play basketball.And Ill tell you what, the people in Rio have been unbelievable as far as their treatment of us and their hospitality. Were fortunate to be here for the Olympics whether were on a boat or not.While his coach was on a roll, guard Jimmy Butler -- sitting next to Krzyzewski -smiled and mostly managed to keep a straight face.Butler, whose Olympic teammates say he doesnt like being on the water and isnt a fan of the ship, was also asked about the boat.I just do what Im told, he said. Im told to sleep on a boat, so I sleep on a boat.Krzyzewski didnt miss a chance to re-visit the vessel when the news conference ended.Im going to go back to the boat, he quipped. See you guys. I get seasick, too. 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