Jays’ Romero needs to return to old self
* Time for LHP Ricky Romero to return to ace-like status ….
By Clayton Richer
Baseball Hot Corner
The Toronto Blue Jays are currently fighting a losing battle for a wild card berth in the tough American League East.
The Jays have faced a slew of injuries that have decimated their pitching staff from the likes of Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison, Sergio Santos and Luis Perez.
The Jays acclaimed ace Ricky Romero is one of the few starters who have not visited the infirmary this season.
However in a turn of events nobody could have predicted Romero has lost the ability to get major league hitters out and his confidence appears shelled.
In his last start Romero only lasted 1 1/3 innings surrendering eight runs and issuing six free passes enroute to the worst shut-out loss in Jays history, a 16-0 defeat at the hands of the Oakland Athletics. The game became so lopsided that veteran catcher Jeff Mathis pitched the ninth inning.
Romero has lost his last six starts allowing 34 runs, 44 hits and 22 walks posting an ERA of 10.48 during that stretch.
The numbers are definitely ugly and raise cause for concern as rumours are now swirling as to whether a demotion is in order. Blue Jays Manager John Farrell went on record to say that Romero will make his next start against the Seattle Mariners Monday night at Safeco Field and that his spot in the rotation is safe.
Romero appears dishelved on the mound, a pitcher who has lost confidence and is searching for answers. Thankfully the work ethic has never come into question when it comes to Romero as he continues to be one of the hardest working players on the team.
The former first round draft pick from east Los Angeles put up career numbers last season leading all Jays hurlers in wins with 15 and a sneaky 2.92 era.
Now that catcher J.P Arencibia is out for 6-to-8 weeks with a broken hand, Farrell will turn to veteran catcher Jeff Mathis to work with Romero and attempt to rite the ship. It’s no secret that Arencibia and Romero are close friends so perhaps a fresh veteran perspective behind the dish will lead to some answers.
As the trade deadlines looms the Blue Jays are looking to add pitching but if they are going to contend they need Ricky Romero to regain his form sooner than later.
The Jays cannot rely on the likes of Henderson Alvarez, Aaron Laffey, Brett Cecil, J.A. Happ and Carlos Villanueva to hold down the fort if the Jays want to compete for a sustained period of time.
Toronto Blue Jays faithful from far and wide are confident that Ricky Ro can regain his Cy Young potential but until then the toughest game in the world has yet again humbled another great player.