After six shutout innings for Tallet, the Blue Jays would hang on to win their 39th game by a score of 7-5, tying the New York Yankees for the Wild Card, with the Angels and Rangers breathing down their necks. Nobody said it would be easy.
But as the Tao of Stieb likes to say, it's The Summer of Tallet.
Let's take a look at just how good Brian Tallet has been over 14 starts.
In Tallet's 14 starts, including last night, he's been roughed up three times- KC (10 runs), Florida (8 runs), and Los Angeles (5 runs).
That leaves 11 other starts in which Tallet has gone five or more innings allowing three runs or fewer!
Basically, Brian Tallet has given his team a chance to win 11 of 14 (78.6%) ballgames that he's pitched. That's all and more you could expect from your number 3 starter!
Starts with 5 runs or more allowed: THREE
Starts with 3 runs allowed: TWO
Starts with 2 runs allowed: FOUR
Starts with 1 run allowed: TWO
SHUTOUT BASEBALL: THREE
Tallet has been either hit (mostly) or miss this season, and with just a breaking ball, change-up and a fastball! A devastating change-up indeed. And his home-away splits are nearly identical as he has held opponent hitters to just a .220 average. By far, Brian Tallet has been Toronto's number two!
Scott Richmond takes the hill tonight after his first great start in a new moon, where he mowed down the Phillies in eight innings of one-run ball striking out eleven! Let's give the Canuck all the enthusiasm the Rookie of the Month for April deserves!