Singing the Powder Blues

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Last night, Blue Jays nation voiced their displeasure with Lyle Overbay.
Less than 24 hours later … he responded.

It came in the form of a two hit game: a double and a two-run home run to right field. I’m not saying that Lyle Overbay completely silenced his critics with today’s performance, but with his actions at the plate he certainly gave a one-finger salute to any naysayers.

On the subject of slumps, let’s give a tip of the cap to Aaron Hill. He broke up an 0-12 slump with a three-run home run. Oddly enough, prior to today’s home run his last hit was also a three-run shot.


Edwin Encarnacion came back from the disabled list in a big way hitting a home run in his first at bat of the game. After watching the replay, I was find of surprised to see that it cleared the fence because it appeared Encarnacion didn’t get a good piece of it.

The redemption train also continued into the bullpen with Jason Frasor throwing an inning of scoreless relief striking out the side in the ninth. Frasor is now very quietly rebuilding his reputation – in his last nine innings in relief, he’s given up one earned run while striking out nine hitters.

And of course, who could forget the silent hero from today’s game … Shaun Marcum. Another solid performance which now makes eight out of nine starts where he has gone at least six innings and given up three or less earned runs.

While Shaun Marcum and Ricky Romero are battling it out in the “ace race” to be the number one starter of the Blue Jays, although Romero might be the sexier pick of the two, Marcum has not wavered in any of his starts this season.

That and Shaun Marcum hasn’t thrown any wild pitches this season. Ricky Romero has thrown 13.

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 “Singing the Powder Blues

  • May 18, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Weren't all the best pitchers in baseball also crazy wild pitch throwers too?

  • May 19, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Best logo and uniform in all of sports. The Jays should wear the powder blues way more often.

  • May 19, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Anon 1, that's the thing with Romero's changeup – it's his strikeout pitch, but it's also very tough to block once it hits the dirt. Luckily he hasn't thrown too many pitches with men on base, otherwise it would be a HUGE problem.

    Anon 2, I also love the logo. In my opinion, the powder blues come second to the original home white uniforms they busted out during the Back2Back Weekend. That is definitely going to be my next jersey purchase.

  • May 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Best logo: totally agree. Hopefully they go back to it soon…

  • May 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Same here Matt, I love the old school logo with the white panel front. They should make it their alternate jersey (so they wear it more than once every month).

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