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The day after one of the most prolific Blue Jays in team history threw a perfect game for his new team, maybe some of Roy Halladay’s magic rubbed off on another Blue Jays starter.
Ricky Romero tossed a six-hit gem going the distance for the complete game victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Romero now joins Shaun Marcum and Brett Cecil as the third five-game winner on the pitching staff.
Me Love You Long Ball
Romero’s teammates gave him six runs in support, three coming via the long ball. That now ups the Blue Jays total to 53 home runs in the month of June. One of them was off the bat of Jose Bautista, which now ties him for the club lead for home runs in a month with 12.
Personally, I’m hoping that Bautista hits another home run to break the record and the Bautista Appreciation Society will collectively be on pins and needles tomorrow night in anticipation.
Dwayne Murphy opens mouth … and inserts foot
There was a bit of troubling news concerning hitting coach Dwayne Murphy from earlier today. I didn’t see the clip myself, but apparently in his pre-game interview with Sam Cossentino, Murphy said something along the lines of “OBP is overrated” and “AVG doesn’t matter”.
That’s just paraphrasing what I heard, so forgive me if I butchered the quote … but isn’t that kind of thing to be extremely concerned about coming out of the mouth from a hitting coach?
That would be like pitching coach Bruce Walton saying “ERA is overrated” or “Walks Smalks”.
It’s kind of a convenient quote coming from the pitching coach of the team with the third worst team batting average and the second worse on base percentage in the league.
There’s no denying the Toronto Blue Jays have a ton of power and the long ball is going a long way to helping them win games – but how long can this power surge possibly last?
Eventually, they are going to have to start drawing more walks and driving in runs in other ways than just clearing the fence.