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2012 was a very bad, ungood year for Ricky Romero. It started well enough but, by the end of the season, Ricky Romero was one of the worst starters in baseball. Romero struggled with his control and struggled to get anybody out.

Romero’s best weapon has long been his change up, his swing-and-miss pitch that batters somewhat gave up on in 2012. Romero’s great love of the change up gives him very odd reverse splits – lefties hit the left-handed starter much harder than righties. Much of this owes to Romero’s reluctance to throw his change up to arm-sided batters. As a result, teams like the Rays love loading their lineup with lefties to gain an edge (not to mention get under Romero’s skin a little bit) by taking away his best weapon.

Lefties hit Romero harder than usual in 2012 but righties did as well. Romero posted the worst numbers of his career across the board last season, posting the worst ERA and third-worst FIP among starters in baseball. This came after Romero looked very much like a number two starter in 2011, where he danced between the raindrops to post a 2.92 ERA versus a 4.20 FIP.

The Blue Jays need Romero to be more like the 2011 version of himself. Asking him to outperform his component stats as he did that season is a tall order but if he can deliver 200 innings and a 4-ish FIP, the Jays will likely be laughing all the way to the playoffs.

For that to happen, Romero must be healthy and he must improve over 2012. While these two things are not unrelated, perhaps tweaking Romero’s approach is key to getting the most from the former Opening Day starter and staff ace. Perhaps, given Romero’s love of the change up and rededication to his sinker, a move on the pitching rubber is in order.

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We lead this instalment with Ricky Romer-woe summing-up his entire season with one facial expression and a sprinkling of body language.

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Ricky Romero emerged as the ace of the Toronto Blue Jays’ staff in 2011, and if one were to look at the numbers that are more common to television broadcasts than serious analysis, there would be little doubt as to why. A career high 15 wins coupled with an ERA below three made Romero the pick of an otherwise inexperienced and/or inconsistent starting rotation.

Even for the types who like to look deeper into the numbers, there were encouraging signs for the development of the former first round draft pick. Romero was trending the right way in terms of a decreasing walk rate in each of his first three seasons in the big leauges while his strike out rate settled at an above average number and his ground ball rate was consistently over 55%. However, there were signs that the success he attained in 2011 benefited from randomness outside of the left-hander’s control.

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