Tyler Cloyd to replace Roy Halladay in the Phillies rotation

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The Tyler Cloyd era is … go! Jim Salisbury reports:

The Phillies will bring up Tyler Cloyd to start in Roy Halladay’s place Friday night in Phoenix. Cloyd, who turns 26 a week from Thursday, is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in six starts at Triple A Lehigh Valley this season.

Salisbury reports that Ruben Amaro chose Cloyd because he has “the hot hand.”

Shhh! Don’t tell Ruben about this.

To be fair, Cloyd did pitch well last time. He struck out 10 in eight innings and allowed a single run in his outing against Indianapolis. And black came up the last three times at the roulette wheel, so I’m totally betting on red.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.