Shave and a haircut, two hits

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The power of the stache compels you. Brian Tallet had the Texas Rangers under some sort of a spell and I have a feeling it had something to do with that cookie duster above his upper lip.

It was nice to see Brian Tallet escape the first inning without giving up any runs because in his last three starts, Tallet gave up one run or more in the first frame. This time he did Magnum P.I. proud and pitched seven scoreless innings and two-hit the Texas Rangers, which is something that’s not incredibly easy to do (although Jon Lester did the same this past Saturday). Dirk Hayhurst and B.J. Ryan combined for two innings of perfect relief, needing only 6 pitches each to retire the side.

Great run support from the cavalries in the form of Hill’s 14th home run and Adam Lind’s 12th. I finally figured out why it seems like every time the Jays are at bat, they hit a double; it’s because they lead the majors with 142 doubles. When Adam Lind isn’t taking pitchers yard, he’s going for an extra base hit; now with 21 doubles to lead the Blue Jays. Lind’s affinity for doubles is catching on with the man who bats below him, Scott Rolen. I was thinking last night that I miss the power that Troy Glaus used to bring to the team, but Rolen’s magic glove and bat more than make up for it. In honour of Scott’s questionable entrance music, each time he gets a double a propose that we all scream “VIVA LA ROLEN!”
News that we kinda knew already, but didn’t really want to hear


Jesse Litsch will be out for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery later this week. Thanks to the Blue Jays, Dr. Andrews can afford to put his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids through college. Not really surprised about this since Jesse’s original timetable to return was mid-May, then early June, then late June, and now it’s sometime 12 to 18 months from now. I wish Jesse a speedy recovery and hopefully like B.J. Ryan and Shaun Marcum, he will rehab quicker than expected.

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.

5 thoughts on “Shave and a haircut, two hits

  • June 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    "I wish Jesse a speedy recovery and hopefully like B.J. Ryan and Shaun Marcum, he will rehab quicker than expected."

    I know what you mean, but hopefully he comes back as a more useful pitcher than B.J.

  • June 10, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Tallet is officially ridiculous.

    Also, I considered moving the VWHAS to HIGH after last night's performance. Alas, we remain at SEVERE, but V-Dub's been strong in the first two games deep in the heart of Texas …

    Here's hoping Rick-Ro can make it three.

  • June 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I was talking about that with someone on Twitter last night about how pitchers aren't the same after they come back from TJ surgery. If you look at the list of players, not many have rebounded to put up similar numbers pre-Tommy John Surgery.

    EyeB, I eagerly anticipated seeing where the VWHAS was this morning but I understand your rationale at keeping it at "Severe". If he can close out at good series in Texas, I will be very proud and maybe consider leaving him in the cleanup spot for the time being.

  • June 11, 2009 at 5:07 am

    I'm worried that Marcum won't be the same. He's been my favourite since I saw his debut.

    (Whenever I use the words "favourite" or "best" or anything like that in reference to a pitcher, pretend there's a little asterisk by it. Of course I mean "favourite other than Doc.")

  • June 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    The Doc thing is a given, of course!

    Actually, next to Halladay, Marcum is my favourite pitcher. He has all the talent to be the future ace of this club, but after the TJ surgery I'm not so sure.

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