At the mercy of Purcey

To put it lightly, the Blue Jays number two pitcher has been playing like … well, number two.

The Kansas City Royals scored 6 runs off of David Purcey last night, which elevates his ERA to 7.01. Prior to his April 22nd start against the Texas Rangers, I thought to myself; “if Purcey has another bad start, the Jays should send him down to Triple A”. Now it seems like he was only delaying the inevitable – but for the time being, David Purcey will stay right where he is.

If the Jays weren’t so desperate for arms, I’m sure Purcey would have been on the first flight out of Toronto this morning. But now the pitching staff is so depleted that David Purcey is really the only viable option for the starting rotation. Until Casey Janssen gets better, or someone like Brett Cecil or Brad Mills can come in to save the day, we’re at the mercy of David Purcey.


Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

4 thoughts on “At the mercy of Purcey

  • April 28, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Purcey will be the first to go when Litsch/Janssen return..

    Obviously Romero replaces Burres.

  • April 28, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Great post title. We really are at the mercy of this lanky bastard, who can’t throw strikes for the life of him.

  • April 28, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I’m not sure what the exact numbers are, but it would be interesting to see what kind of counts Purcey had when he gave up most of his hits last night. I imagine he probably got behind in the count (2-0, 3-0, 3-1), which forced him to throw strikes.

  • April 28, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Putrid performance by Purcey last night. Bannister couldn’t hit the plate either and all we had to show was one lousy run.

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