Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tallet outstanding in 2nd start of season

What is going on with the Blue Jays starting pitching? Whenever a pitcher goes down to injury, another hurler steps in to pitch effectively. After a 14-0 pounding of the White Sox, lefty Brian Tallet is stating his claim to hold on to a starting job for the foreseeable future.

Tallet had a strong performance against the White Sox, event though he admittedly didn't have his best stuff. He worked 5.2 shutout innings, striking out 5. The most impressive part was his ability to get out of a jam in the 3rd frame. With a 4 run lead, Tallet worked himself into a bases loaded jam with just 1 out. Instead of allowing Chicago to jump right back in it the lanky southpaw vwhiffed Jim Thome and induced an inning ending ground out from Jermaine Dye. In two starts since being inserted in the starting rotation, the former 2nd round pick of the Cleveland Indians has surrendered just 1 earned run in 11 innings.

With the victory, Tallet secured his first W as a starter since 2002. If Tallet has a couple more starts like this, he might force Toronto's hand in keeping him a part of the rotation for good portion of the campaign.

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