Monday, April 19, 2010
Can I Get A Hit?
By Ian Hunter
We're all looking for answers as to why the Blue Jays couldn't get the bats going against the Los Angeles Angels, but I think the best explanation is that they simply just couldn't get the bats going in all three games against the Angels.
No matter how well your starting pitchers perform though, if you don't put any runs on the board then you can't win the game.
The three Angels starters combined to give up just five runs. Five runs! That's an average start for Brian Tallet, and five runs were all the Blue Jays could muster off Jered Weaver, Joe Saunders and Ervin Santana.
Don't get me wrong - the Angels pitching staff isn't anything to scoff at, but it's not like they sent out three Roy Halladay clones out there. That just goes to show you that once a pitcher is dialed in as Santana was yesterday, it's hard to break them.
Ricky Romero pitched well enough to win but just couldn't get the run support - something that Roy Halladay was all too familiar with during his tenure as a Blue Jays. Although not quite as dominant in his last start against the White Sox, Romero fed a steady diet of changeups and curveballs to keep the Angels guessing.
He only made a few mistakes, but they unfortunately they were costly - namely a pair of doubles to Hideki Matsui. In fact, the Angels did a great job of grinding out the extra base hits: 4 of their 7 total hits were two-baggers.
It wasn't the ideal way to close out the second week of the season, and hopefully the Kansas City Royals will be the cure to whatever is ailing the Blue Jays right now.