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Skipped start can’t stop Ricky Romero’s shocking collapse

Sep 13, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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After watching Ricky Romero go 0-12 with a 7.98 ERA in his previous 13 starts the Blue Jays mercifully decided to skip his turn in the rotation last week, giving the former All-Star a much-needed break.

Unfortunately it didn’t do much good.

Romero rejoined the rotation last night against the Mariners and failed to make it out of the fifth inning, allowing four runs on eight hits and four walks while recording just 12 outs.

With the loss he dropped to 8-14 with a 5.87 ERA overall, including 0-13 with a 7.91 ERA, .325 opponents’ batting average, and more walks (48) than strikeouts (44) in 72 innings spread over his last 14 starts. And remember, this is a 27-year-old pitcher who signed a $30 million contract extension after throwing 225 innings with a 2.92 ERA last season.

Romero has given up trying to explain his struggles, basically throwing his hands up when talking ro reporters after each terrible start, but manager John Farrell continues to insist that the Blue Jays will not shut him down. At this point I’m not sure if that’s showing confidence in Romero or some form of punishment.

  1. cur68 - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Ricky’s heading for LOOGY-Town, where its hard to keep a good man down. Never mind that, though. How about Steve Delabar? Comes in and pitches lights out in relief of Ricky. I counted 3 quality pitches with an upper 90’s fastball (which we can count twice, if you ask me). Machine Man’s got him some gas AND he can handle the turns, too. If he can stretch that out to 4 or more innings The Beav have them a starter. I hope Bud doesn’t decide the screws and bailing wire holding his right humerus together constitutes Performance Enhancing.

    • mt99808 - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Except for the fact that lefties actually hit him better than righties

      • cur68 - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        Shhhhhh! I wanted to use the term LOOGY. How often do you get to do that, eh? Not often enough in my book.

      • cur68 - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        Ugly facts intruding on my use LOOGY? Bah!

  2. jaysjunkie - Sep 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    And Romero’s lucky he even has the eight wins – he had a TON of run support early on. Of course, you could also argue that this losing streak he’s been on hasn’t been helped by the fact the run support totally dried up. It’s a pretty worrisome situation for next year, not knowing which Ricky we’ll get. Hopefully this is just one of those one season anomalies.

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