Royales with cheese

I can’t believe it took me 15 years to finally sit down and Quentin Tarantino’s classic “Pulp Fiction”. Great film, but Tarantino is one of these guys that wonder what exactly is going through his mind sometimes … kind of like Cito Gaston. The famous “royale with cheese” scene in Pulp Fiction reminded me of the Kansas City Royals … with cheese (something that Dennis Eckersley would probably say).

Tonight, Ricky Romero has the daunting task of trying to outpitch Zack Greinke. My guess is that RR Cool Jay is one bad start away from a plane ticket to Las Vegas, where David Purcey or Brad Mills would love to take his spot. Don’t call it a comeback, but Romero needs to pitch well and go deep in the game in order to keep his spot in the starting rotation. In their last start against Zack Greinke, the Blue Jays managed to snap Zack’s scoreless streak but it was just a mere two runs. The key to defeating the Royals tonight will be to get to Greinke early, because the further he goes in the game the worse off the Blue Jays will be.

As if it wasn’t enough with Zack Greinke parading into Toronto with an 8-1 record competing with Doc for the Cy Young, he’ll also be using his super hot fiancee Emily Kuchar as leverage against the Blue Jays. If Alex Rios gets one sight of her, he’ll be distracted the entire series – so let’s hope that she’s not at the game tonight. It’s almost like a sixth sense that Rios has for spotting out opposing players wives and girlfriends. Not something that’s usually included in the scouting report, but maybe it should be in Alex’s case.


Scott Richmond will finally be handed the ball once again after a 12 day rest when he starts on Saturday. Halladay will close out the homestand on Sunday, looking for his 10th win of the year. I hope that the Blue Jays will be able to win at least win 2 out of 3 in this series, but this week has been so up and down for them that anything can happen.

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.