Aren’t these two fellas a sight for sore eyes?
Both Aaron Hill and Brett Cecil make their triumphant return to the Blue Jays roster tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hill, after missing the past 14 games due to a hamstring injury, and Cecil after missing the Opening Day roster cut.
With Hill’s return, that hopefully means the Alex Gonzalez experiment is over and some stability will return to the top of the lineup. Cecil is a welcome addition to the starting rotation after we were subjected to three unspectacular Brian Tallet starts.
The Blue Jays will get their second taste division play against the 12-4 Tampa Bay Rays, but with Cecil’s return tonight one can argue that momentum might be in favour of the Jays.
There’s only one problem … Matt Garza.
Over the past three seasons, Garza has owned the Jays with a 6-2 record and a minuscule 0.84 ERA against.In nine starts against the Jays, Garza has given up a grand total of six earned runs. SIX! Not only that, but the past three seasons Garza has not surrendered a single home run versus the bluebirds.
That will hopefully change tonight because the Blue Jays lead the league in home runs with 23 total. So let’s pray for some long balls and hits against Matt Garza, because they come at a premium.