About Last Night
First things first. Thanks to everyone that attended last nights liveblog over at TheScore. I had a great time. Extra thanks to the many commenters throughout the game.
Romero now the Jays #3
I may have to change my stance on Ricky Romero. You see, I’ve been pretty hard on him for a few years and especially since he was touted for a rotation spot in the off-season. My line of reasoning was “what has he done to earn a spot?” He did plenty last night.
If I can take only one thing away from his start last night it’s that he’s a battler. Ricky was behind early in the count roughly half of the time last night, yet he didn’t surrender a walk. And he really manned up in the bottom of the 6th. With the bases loaded and none out Romero was able to get a much needed strikeout (his first of the night) and they force Crede into hitting a comebacker to the mound that resulted in a double play.
Romero’s GB to Flyball ratio wasn’t spectacular numerically speaking, at 12 – 9 but the majority of those 9 flyball were softly hit and no real threat.
With the injury to Litsch, Romero jumps up into the #3 spot in the rotation. The Jays could have a VERY nice rotation towards the end of the season if Cecil joins the club in a couple of months.
I also have to give some props to Cito. He was really a players manager last night, letting pitchers stay in the game and finish what they started. I also liked his insertion of Johnny Mac into the game to pinch run for Rod Barajas in the top of the 7th.
Cito is now 57 – 40 in his second stint with the Jays.
Fight Fight Fight
The Jays aren’t going to lie down for anyone this season, that much is clear from the early going. This is a great sign for a team that was 24 – 32 last season in one run games.