Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Obligatory Scott Richmond Update


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First off, let me start by apologizing to Scott Richmond. I have not forgotten about you, nor have I ignored your accomplishments this season. I hope you can forgive me.

Compared to reading this blog earlier this season, you might think that the Scott Richmond Kool-Aid has all but dried up around these parts. I assure you that it has not dried up, but merely gone into storage for a couple of months.

I feel bad because I championed Richmond as a member of the rotation at the start of Spring Training, and now it seems like I’ve all but abandoned him over these past few months. In an attempt to right some wrongs and to hopefully get back on his good side, just in time for his start against the Boston Red Sox tomorrow night, I’m back with the obligatory Scott Richmond update post.

We all remember the glory days from April where Richmond won the Rookie of the Month award after going 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA. Since the end of May, Scott has tapered off a little bit thanks to a 3-7 record and a 4.50 ERA. I can’t exactly pinpoint what went wrong or how things went downhill, but it probably had something to do with that fact that he threw 85 innings through the first three months of the 2009 campaign.

Compared to last year, Richmond has turned the dial up on his fastball by a few miles per hour and he’s also starting to rely more and more on his changeup. It’s starting to show because over his last six starts, Richmond has averaged about seven strikeouts per outing. No longer a two-pitch wonder, Scott has worked in a changeup and has fine-tuned his curveball to fool opposing hitters.

So where does Scott Richmond stand on the team? At this point it’s tough to say – the only surefire candidates to stay in the starting rotation next season are Halladay, Romero and Marcum. Those final two spots will probably be a fight between Cecil, Richmond, Rzepczynski and maybe even Brad Mills. Whether or not Richmond makes the rotation again next year, I think he will still be an asset to the Blue Jays organization as either a starting pitcher or a long relief man in the bullpen.

Kool aid, anyone?

5 comments:

  1. Hey, I just noticed your new banner! Nice!

    I was about to reply about Richmond, but it was turning into an essay, so maybe I'll actually make a blog post of my own for once.

    We caught a glimpse of Koolaid and... Pedialyte on Sunday.

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  2. Throw in a great big maybe in Dustin as a starter next year and there is much to hope for. All of these rookies have seen big league time this year and will show the benefits next year. There really is a lot of promise in the Jays starting pitching ranks. Let's hope Scott makes the rotation next year...

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  3. Thanks LJ, looking forward to your Scott Richmond rebuttal/agreement/post! I saw that post on Powder Blue with Scotty's half-brother ... pretty cool eh?

    Mattt, I'm not even sure if McGowan is coming back next year at all and the Jays will be lucky if Listch rejoins them halfway through the season. The rookies have held down the fort this year, so I don't think they will have to go out and sign any free agent pitchers for 2010.

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  4. There's been talk that Dustin may never return. I'm just hoping that he does next year because he was really on his way to becoming something...

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  5. Your guess is as good as mine. I tried to find some glimmer of good news on McGowan on the interwebs with no such luck.

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