The Jesse Litsch Curse?

KP Wee@kpwee1Senior Writer IJuly 1, 2008

Jesse Litsch of the Toronto Blue Jays is 8-4 this season.

But the sophomore pitcher has won only once since the start of June.

Litsch, who had seven wins by the end of May, had been doing so well until the recent bad luck.

On Tuesday, Canada Day, Litsch and the Jays took on the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

While Litsch looked tentative in the first two innings, he rebounded nicely and enjoyed a 6-2 lead by the sixth inning.

The Mariners, however, had other ideas. Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson, two of the worst signings in recent history by any team (they were both signed after the 2004 season, a couple days apart), both hit big homers, setting up a dramatic ninth-inning finish.

The Jays lost 7-6 on Willie Bloomquist's game-ending single.

Adrian Beltre (.254) and Richie Sexson (.226)? What were the odds that both would hit home runs in the same game?

After all, Sexson hadn't homered in months--oh, okay, since May 24th, but still, he had just nine coming in.

But the big thing was Litsch's luck of late. Granted, Litsch didn't pitch well in the three starts he'd lost in this slump.

However, some are jokingly saying I started the "Jesse Litsch curse."

Much like Jim Rome and his much noted "Jungle Karma", where athletes who get interviewed on his show get "good karma" and get hot, my articles on athletes seemingly have an effect too.

Not a good one though.

Ever since I started praising Litsch in my articles, he's been having a tough time winning.

Sorry, Jesse.