Monday, April 19, 2010

Can I Get A Hit?


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Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes you swing for the fences and come up empty.

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.

5 comments:

  1. As a pitcher, it must be very difficult knowing that if you give up a couple of runs, the game is essentially over.

    I have no idea why the sticks are so dormant. Perhaps we need some "hats for bats" or something.....

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  2. If everyone thought attendance was bad last week, here come the Royals...

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  3. I guess that's something you have to deal with as a pitcher - all you can do is go out there and throw the best game possible, and hope your team picks you up with some run support.

    Mattt, actually I kinda wish Thursday's game was a night game instead of an afternoon game. It will be Marcum vs. Greinke.

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  4. That should be a great match up. I'm looking forward to this series but I'm not sure the casual Leafs fan is going to
    show up. I hope we win this series and continue the surprising early season.

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  5. Mattt, I figure if the Jays can get the bats going against the Royals, then there's a BIG BIG problem.

    But yes, I am definitely hoping for a pitcher's duel on Wednesday (sorry, I said Thursday earlier).

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