Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just a bump in the road


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Scott Richmond has overcome many obstacles to get to where he is today. So he’s not just going to roll over after a couple of bad outings.

Scott was hit hard and had to be pulled after less than 2 innings of work in last night’s 8-2 loss to the New York Yankees Give Richmond credit, he was throwing strikes; it’s just that the Yankees knew they were coming. It appeared that Scott got behind in the count throwing his slider and off-speed pitches and was then forced to throw his fastball, which the Yankees just kept crushing into the outfield.

Scott Richmond’s pitching style was totally opposite from Andy Pettite’s. While Richmond works quickly and pounds the strike zone, Pettite takes his sweet time and places pitches all over the zone. At one point, I said to myself that the Blue Jays could probably just step into the batter’s box and not swing at anything, because Pettite would eventually walk them if they could lay off every pitch.

No doubt that Scott was disappointed about last night’s loss, but good pitchers always bounce back to redeem themselves. Richmond’s next chance will be on Monday against the Chicago White Sox when he takes a fellow rookie Clayton Richard, who will be making just his second start of the year.

Programming note: This Sunday be sure to listen into the inaugural flight of “The Flock”: a brand new Blue Jays podcast spearheaded by Tyler from Out of Left Field. It will be an “Around the Horn” style roundtable every week featuring guests from around the Blue Jays blogosphere, discussing everything (and sometimes not) Blue Jays. It starts at 4pm, so I’ll attempt to phone in after Sunday’s White Sox/Jays game from Toronto with a couple of interesting stories from the 200’s. Be there or be a four-sided shape with all equal interior angles.

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