Friday, May 30, 2008

A Dozen Runs, and No Holes

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Ordinarily, after scarfing down a dozen I would feel extremely bloated, resentful and guilty. But yesterday’s dozen left Jays fans feeling quite content.

It was a bit of sweet revenge lighting up the Athletics for 12 runs yesterday. Many feared that the Jays would get swept by Oakland again - but the offence clicked yesterday, and had no problems putting runs on the board.

It’s still mind-boggling how Jesse Litsch has the best record on the entire pitching staff. A 7-1 record with a 3.18 ERA is not too shabby for someone who wasn’t even a lock for the 5th starter position in Spring Training. Let me just say that I was a Litsch advocate all along, and it’s great to see him so successful in just his sophomore year in the majors.

Some are speculating though that Jesse Litsch is just another Gustavo Chacin waiting to happen. In his sophomore year, Chacin went 13-9 with a 3.72 ERA in 2005. And we all remember what happened after that. Aside from their paleness, I don’t really see any other similarities between Litsch and Chain. I don’t think Litsch is a fluke or destined for failure. Let’s just ride this out, and see where it goes. He better not have jumped the shark yet.

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