Thursday, May 1, 2008

Thank God April is Over ...


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It’s not often that you get to experience Déjà vu as a baseball fan; but last night’s loss to the Red Sox was pretty much a carbon copy of the night before; a pitcher’s duel between McGowan and Matsuzaka, and a play at the plate to end the game in the bottom of the ninth. Yepp, sounds like Tuesday’s game to me.

I know a lot of people want to get down on the team right now, but I have to give props to the pitching. Despite losses, both Halladay and McGowan pitched gems. It’s not easy to hold the Boston Red Sox offence to less than 3 runs on consecutive nights, but the Jays have done it. I still think the Jays pitching staff is amongst some of the best in the league.

Now while the Jays pitching is lights-out, the hitting is absolutely powerless. I’m not even want to look at what the RISP stat is over the past few weeks, because I’m sure it’s horrendous. You can’t really pen both losses on the bullpen or Vernon Wells missing a throw at the plate, because ultimately it was the offence that lost both of those games.

Roy Halladay could’ve pitched a no-hitter, but in the end you still need a run to win the ballgame. But unfortunately, the Jays couldn’t even come up with one run to support their Ace. I’m really not sure what the solution is to spark the offence, but they better find a way to fix it soon. An 11-17 record in April isn’t the worst in the league, but it’s pretty damn close.


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