12:15 AM Eastern
Not exactly a great game for which to come back to work, huh?
There’s really not much to discuss about this one, other than to say it’s likely that we’ll see either Jesse Litsch, Marc Rzepczynski or, as Mike Rutsey of the Sun suggests, Kyle Drabek in the fifth starter’s spot the next time it comes around on Sunday in Denver. Not that Brian Tallet was all that bad – he had one awful inning but four pretty strong ones – but just that Tallet was really never even supposed to make this start anyway. The game last week was supposed to be a one-off, only because Litsch wasn’t yet eligible to be activated off the disabled list, but Tallet pitched so well that the Jays felt obligated to give him another start. As much as they love Tallet, they’re certainly not obligated to give him any more.
The Jays got blown out, on the strength of one huge inning for the Rays that was capped by Carlos Pena’s grand slam – his second home run in as many innings – and that’s something that hasn’t happened to the Jays much this season. One would think they’d be able to shake it off and get right back to work tomorrow, with Shaun Marcum on the hill. Marcum had five straight wins following a Jays loss going into his last start last Wednesday, and in that one he took a 2-1 lead into the 9th.
The offence was non-existent tonight, with the Jays managing just two singles off Jeff Niemann, the same guy they beat up last Tuesday, and not advancing a single runner past first base. This is going to happen every once in a while when a team is indifferent towards the marvels of on-base percentage, as the Jays have been all season long. Of course, their approach has worked FAR more often than it hasn’t this season, this was just one of those nights when they got neither the hitting nor the pitching, and as a result got their heads handed to them.
A lot easier to take than any of their previous three losses, I’d imagine.
There were a bunch of callers tonight who wanted to talk about what went on this weekend, but as I said on the air, I can’t answer those questions, and I hope you understand. The weekend is over, I’m back, and that’s all I can tell you. I’m sorry to those of you who feel that’s an inadequate explanation, but again, I’ll simply ask for your understanding. I would also like to once again thank all those who came forward with their concern and their support over the last few days. It means far more to me than any of you could ever know.
Here’s tonight’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:
And here’s the transcript of tonight’s edition of “Miked Up LIVE!”: