Toronto Blue Jays: How Did Ricky Romero Fare After Nine Days Off?

Stephen BrownCorrespondent IISeptember 12, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Ricky Romero #24 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on after being pulled in the fifth inning during MLB game action against the Seattle Mariners September 12, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
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Ricky Romero started tonight's game at home versus the Seattle Mariners after a prolonged absence from the mound. He took the loss, officially notching thirteen losses in a row.

Romero went four plus innings giving up eight hits, four walks and gave up three runs. The line could have been much worse as he left the fifth with a runner on first and second with no outs yet, as usual, Steve Delabar came in and struck out a few batters.

With a WHIP of 3.00 in this game and barely even making it to the 5th inning, it is safe to say that this was another disappointment for Romero. The 3/4 K/BB ratio is very concerning and he didn't look overly comfortable after the first inning. He only had 48 strikes out of his 87 pitches.

The biggest issue for Romero came in the fourth when he retired the first two batters but then gave up a walk (to a .196 hitter no less), ground rule double and a single. Last year, Romero would have definitely got that third out and not had any damage against.

Mike Wilner also tweeted that Romero was furious about being removed from the game and did not even look at Farrell. More to come perhaps?


So what do we do with Romero?

At this point in the season, with the Blue Jays fighting to avoid last place in the division, it is essentially spring training and they want to see some progression from Romero. The statistics aren't the focus at this point, but the mechanics, velocity and overall presence on the mound is of the utmost importance. 

He started 8-1, but that was not indicative of his true performance as he received a ton of run support. To put it into perspective, he won two games while giving up four earned runs and won two while giving up five. Moreover, in three other starts he gave up four earned runs and received a no decision. That 8-14 record could easily be 5-20.

John Farrell also mentioned on the radio broadcast that Morrow's last three starts last season helped propel his dynamic season and he is hopeful that Romero can do the same. 

This is a very important stretch for Romero as there are no guarantees for next year. The Blue Jays will definitely handle Romero differently if he struggles to begin 2013.

There is not much else the Blue Jays can do at this point other than continually work his side sessions and hope that he finds something in these final starts.

Here is to hoping, or else #teamunit could be dismantled...and quickly.


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