Thursday, July 2, 2009

Romero continues to surge

Ricky Romero is phenomenal. That much we already know. Who knows where the team would be without his presence. Without his sensational performance on Canada Day the Jays would have been punched in the gut by a hungry Rays team that seem destined to sweep the Blue Birds away.

Romero spun 8 scintillating innings, holding the Rays scoreless while striking out 7 batters. Most impressively, it was his ability to work his way out of tight jams that displayed maturity beyond his years. With the Jays clinging to a 2 run lead in the 7th inning Wednesday, he loaded the bases with just 1 man out. Instead of crumbling, the 24 year old induced an inning ending double play from Pat Burrell. Then, in the 8th, after Marco Scutaro's error put 2 men on board, Romero calmly got Willy Aybar to line out into yet another double play. The victory was Romero's 6th of the campaign.

Including his two previous starts, which saw Romero take a no-hitter into the 7th inning against the Phillies, he has now gone a remarkable 20 innings without surrendering a run. Even more astounding is his record in the past six contests. The 2005 6th overall pick has gone 4-1 with a minuscule 1.91 ERA, whiffing 40 batters in 42 1/3 innings.

He's good. Pretty...pretty...pretty good.

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