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Ricky Romero calls out Blue Jays’ offense for lack of support

Jun 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero blows a gum balloon during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin

Ricky Romero tossed seven innings of two-run ball against the Braves last night, but got stuck with a loss because the Blue Jays were shut out by Tim Hudson and Craig Kimbrel, managing just two singles and one walk while striking out 11 times.

Pitching well and getting zero run support has been the story of the season for Romero, who has a 6-7 record despite a 2.98 ERA, .230 opponents’ batting average, and 91/36 K/BB ratio in 103 innings spread over 15 starts.

In his seven losses the lineup has scored a total of 13 runs and his frustration finally boiled over last night, as Romero called out the offense:

All I can do is just pitch. I can’t worry about the offence and what they do. I’ve always said this at one point we can’t rely on Bautista, we can’t rely on Lind. We’ve got to get somebody else to step up and get on base and drive them in. These guys are getting pitched around. Everyone’s got to step it up or else we’re not going to be winning ballgames. This team doesn’t revolve around one or two guys. Everyone’s got to put in their parts. That’s how we win ballgames.

Everyone knows. I’m sure those guys are not trying to get out. They’re all trying. I’m not singling anyone out or anything like that. We’re all trying. At one point we have to do the small things and we have to continue to get on base. Like I said, those guys are going to get pitched around, so hopefuly we’ll be able to do that.

I sympathize with Romero, particularly since pitchers are still evaluated based on their win-loss records far too often and he deserves much better than 6-7. On the other hand, as he even points out it’s not as if the Blue Jays’ hitters are trying to do poorly and I’m not sure how calling them out publicly will help matters anyway.

Plus, the lineup has actually provided plenty of run support to everyone but Romero, scoring an average of 3.5 runs per game in his starts compared to 4.9 runs per game in everyone else’s starts. Overall the Blue Jays rank fourth among AL teams in runs, so offense hasn’t been the problem. Offense when their best pitcher is on the mound has been the issue and that’s more about randomness and matchups than effort or ability.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    I can relate to this, and why won-loss records are so misleading when evaluating pitchers. Many times, opposing teams will juggle their rotation when the Yankees are concerned, so we’re up against their 3 aces when we have to use our 4th or 5th guys. Run support goes inevitably down and the loss goes to the starter who himself has kept the opposition to less than 3 runs. AJ has been a victim of this a couple of times.(And I know AJ is at the top of our rotation, but Garcia has had this too)
    Even unearned runs can do a pitcher in. This does not even account for the vulture who pitches an inning and gets the win after a servicable starter.
    All the above aside, the strategy of the game is intended to make this happen, and the solution is to look at other sets of stats that are now easily accessible to truly rate a pitchers performance.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    This is no more than bad luck for Romero. He should chat with Hamels about it who barely squeaked out a winning record last season.

    Did he say something about batters being pitched around?? Naaaa…. couldn’t have been, there’s no such thing as line up protection according to many so called experts on the subject.

  3. mvpolamalu - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Romero spelled offense wrong

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      So does the whole of Canadia, Britain, etc.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      And they throw u’s around all willy nilly, too. They really need to learn proper English.

    • yettyskills - Jun 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      LOL yes, the ones who created the language are spelling it wrong…
      The difference in Defence and Defense, is that one is original English and the other is mixed with French.
      Many American variations on English words are from French Influence.
      Kinda sickening huh?

      • yettyskills - Jun 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM

        And oh yes Ive actually seen Americans accuse Brits and Canadians of spelling these words wrong figuring the English language came from the USA.

    • cur68 - Jun 21, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      No. He spelled it my favourite way. As for this “Hair” character, there is simply no defence against a man with pie fixin’s on his head…

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 21, 2011 at 1:03 PM

        Dude, Jonny just slammed your queen over on the CAKE vs. (pie) thread.

      • cur68 - Jun 21, 2011 at 3:19 PM

        Hey!No body better be sayin’ sh!t about Freddie Mercury man! I’ll get me some medieval onna some people…

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 21, 2011 at 3:24 PM

        Wrong queen…and not RuPaul, either….

      • cur68 - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:43 PM

        Only Queen I acknowledge is Freddy. That English version can’t sing worth a lick.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:15 PM

        Uh…you know Freddie and his cohorts were British…right? Well, Freddie WAS a Briton—the others still are as far as I know.

  4. jimtron11 - Jun 21, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    That missing link to the Jays offensive woes? Brett Lawrie. Too bad Alex Anthropolis condemned Lawrie to Triple-A, even though he screamed for a promotion all the way back to Spring Training. Now he’s hurt, and any hope of a contender North of the border has been ruined by AA’s unwillingness to commit to young players.

  5. atlsp - Jun 21, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    I can see how it’s been a frustrating season for Romero but I bet his comments bore out of further frustration over his allowing the opposing pitcher to account for the only 2 runs of the game (Hudson HR).

    Even still, Bautista and Lind both had a chance in the 9th with 2 runners on, down by 2, and both struck out.

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