Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Rich is Back


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Two men came in, but only one left with their dignity and their chance at a spot on the rotation. Luckily, it was Scott Richmond who emerged as the winner in the battle of the arms - but the Blue Jays lost 11-6 to the Minnesota Twins.

Matt Clement, the man who arguably had the best chance at a starting rotation job, will probably be an afterthought after giving up 9 runs, 6 hits, and 7 walks over the course of 4.3 innings. Richmond came up and cleaned the mess, but was touched for 2 runs in close to 4 innings of work. His pitch location sounds like it's incredible, because he's only surrendered one walk in 9 total innings. Compare that to Clement's 12, and you can see why Richmond has the lead in the starting rotation race. Not to mention, Scotty did all this on only 2 days rest. Bonus points!

And just when we think that the Blue Jays starting rotation picture might finally become clear, we hear that Ricky Romero will start tomorrow's game against the Cincinnati Reds. If Romero impresses tomorrow, he could leapfrog Brad Mills for the 5th starting rotation job. But hell, we've seen that a lot can happen in one week of spring training. I wouldn't be surprised if they have Josh Towers in speed dial just in case.

8 comments:

  1. You're conveniently leaving out the 9 hits in 3.2 innings pitched. We can all see that Richmond outpitched Clement today, but let's not overstate Richmond's effort.

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  2. I'm guilty of probably giving Richmond way too much credit, but although he gave up 9 hits, he still managed to pitch his way out of that with just 2 ER over that 3.2 innings. And only 1 walk! That's incredible if you ask me.

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  3. I'll admit, after the 5th, I was *this* close to running to the LCBO for some vodka to throw in my koolaid... but I guess that's how it goes when you pound the strike zone: you're going to get hit.

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  4. That's why you should always have some spare vodka on hand. You never know when you might need it for a late-inning collapse!

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  5. Go Ricky we need some new blood on the squad what an arm this guy has too

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  6. Either way, at least one of the young guys (Romero & Mills) will become one of the starters. Maybe both will make it if Richmond has a bad outing, but I hope not!

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  7. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Kaylee

    http://grillsblog.com

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  8. Thanks for the kind words Kaylee! I look forward to hearing from you throughout the season. Cheers!

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