Following the Toronto Blue Jays is nothing if not exciting this year. Never a dull moment, as they say. The rollercoaster of emotions never seems to stop. Beat up on a bad team, lose to a decent team (or Baltimore.) Then the Best Team in Baseball rolls in, tired and a little battered but always willing to go, and the Jays take two out of three games from them.
Ricky Romero “gutted” one out today, if I might borrow form the cliche jar. He walked three and gave up the first big league home run of Brandon Snyder’s career in eight somewhat laborious innings. The Rangers started their B-lineup again but they all count, right?
Romero’s numbers for the season are a little puzzling. His strikeouts are down and his walks up. Thanks to the strong BLue Jays infield defense (and a whole truckload of double plays) his BABIP is lower than ever at .215. Something has to give, I fear. The matter of when remains unclear.
The offense responded nicely to John Farrell’s tinkering, with Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar going bucknuts at the top of the lineup. They reached base five times between them, with Johnson’s home run serving at the game’s biggest play, WPAishly.
Edwin Encarnacion hit another home run because that is precisely what Edwin Encarnacion does. And does with panache, might I add.
#bluejays Farrell: rajai davis day to day with strained left hip flexor muscle.
— Mike Cormack (@MikeCormack) May 2, 2012
Joel Carreno made his return to the big leagues, mopping up the nineth inning in convincing fashion. As convincing a fashion as one can pitch the last inning of a getaway day blowout. Carreno remains very interesting to me. I sort of love him as a bullpen option and while my worldview forbids me from voluntarily moving a starter to the bullpen until they prove they simply cannot start, I’d be willing to listen on Carreno.
Here is today’s Getting Blanked show, which you are all well served to watch. Crafted with care and all that.