12:30 AM Eastern
Other than to say that it was great to see Brett Cecil take advantage of his opportunity this time. He was tremendous tonight and I hope that he’s in the Jays’ rotation to stay. A caller suggested that he’d been left in too long, but I don’t buy it – low pitch count, 6-2 lead, runner on first with two out in the seventh and facing the nine hitter? Not a situation that screams for a pitcher to be yanked.
Also, with Aaron Hill back in the line-up, Alex Gonzalez moved down to the six-hole, apparently to take advantage of his hot bat. The bat’s not hot anymore, but the move paid off tonight as Gonzalez delivered a huge two-run single in the first inning and added an infield single in the 7th. A few people have wondered what the Jays should do with Gonzalez when he cools off, and the short answer is – he has. He had a massive first week, hitting .346/.346/.923, but over the last 11 games (including tonight), Gonzalez has hit .261/.306/.408. I guess that’s strong by Blue Jays’ standards. though, and it still warrants hitting him ahead of John Buck.
Anyway, here’s tonight’s edition of The JaysTalk for your listening pleasure:
Tomorrow, it’s an early start for a night game. We’re on at 5:30 pm Eastern for a 6:10 first pitch, and if Ricky Romero keeps pitching as he has been through his first three starts, the Jays are looking awfully good for yet another series win.
Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome!