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It has come to this for the Blue Jays: Ramon Ortiz is starting tonight

May 10, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

Toronto’s rotation is so wrecked by injuries that the Blue Jays have called up 40-year-old Ramon Ortiz to start tonight against the Red Sox. Seriously, here’s proof from the Blue Jays’ official website and everything:


Obviously being 40 years old doesn’t preclude someone from still being a good pitcher, but being 40 years old and Ramon Ortiz does. He didn’t pitch in the majors at all last season and hasn’t had an ERA below 4.75 since way back in 2004. Since then Ortiz has logged 533 innings in the majors with a 5.47 ERA while striking out just 5.1 batters per nine innings.

And yes, I realize by writing a post about this Ortiz is probably destined to throw seven innings of one-run ball versus Boston tonight. In the meantime the Blue Jays are +200 gambling underdogs, which means a $100 bet would win $200 and they’re expected to win 33.3 percent of the time. That’s actually not too crazy considering Jon Lester is good and the Blue Jays have only won 36.1 percent of their games this season before sticking Ortiz in the rotation.

  1. josemartez - May 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Dear God. I might actually watch the Leaf game instead tonight.

  2. silversun60 - May 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Well… on the bright side……………. dammit.

  3. pisano - May 10, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I’m sure the Sox will love the live batting practice.

    • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Age can be a thing of beauty. Just ask good old Andy!

      • bigharold - May 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Did you see Andy’s last start?

        Oh well, .. the RS have been faltering. They need this to stay in the AL East race.

      • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        No. I missed it. What happened?

      • bigharold - May 10, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        He got hammered. 5IP, 3 ER, 2 HR, 4 walks.

        Not pretty.

      • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Just looked and saw that in his last 2 starts his era was 9.64, but in his first 4 starts his era was 2.22. Do not know how to interpret that; however, he is 3 and 2 despite his age.

      • bigharold - May 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        “Do not know how to interpret that; ..”

        I don’t either. Right now I’m just hoping that the since it’s only his command that is alluding him it’s merely a question of fixing his mechanics.

        On the bright side, Evil Ones are in 1st place with a lot of their firepower still laid up so one can’t be disappointed.

      • Francisco (FC) - May 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        He got hammered. 5IP, 3 ER, 2 HR, 4 walks.

        Ok, you need to clarify if the hammering part happened after the game or during.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        Actually it can be, the big difference between Ramon and Andy is Ramon was never good when he was younger either unless you like a big fat ERA and fat HR totals and now that i am thinking about it he will fit right in with the bluejay rotation. You wont even notice he is there cause you will get the same results as everyone else. I am very happy to see this guy back and with the Jays, cant wait to see the jays on the schedule again baby!!

  4. tc4306 - May 10, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Seems we have three kinds of pitchers: those who are hurt, those who are ineffective and Casey Janssen.

    • tuberippin - May 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      and technically Janssen was at least one of the aforementioned two criteria before he was moved to closer. Now he’s lights-out.

      I don’t know what the hell is up with Toronto’s pitching the past few years but their medical staff has to be doing something wrong. Half the rotation has gone down with major injuries in each of the past few years….and let’s not even get into Sergio Santos.

  5. losangelesfan - May 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Blue Jay, Angels, Dodgers…all off to horrible, unforeseen starts. Wait…Ortiz has pitched for them all.

  6. billybawl - May 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    He’s probably an improvement over Ricky Romero.

    • djpostl - May 10, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      He’s probably an improvement over Ricky Romero.

      There. Fixed it for ya.

  7. aceshigh11 - May 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    dirtyharry’s head just exploded.

  8. proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    LOL! Who knows what will happen? Will he be any worse than a fellow geezer named Pettitte? In Buffalo this season, he has a 2.18 era and a 1.06 WHIP. Be very afraid Boston!

    • bigharold - May 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      I’ve heard of whistling past the graveyard but that’s practically a concerto.

    • cur68 - May 10, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      He’s gonna get creamed, man. We all know it. The only hope is if Our Boys to do it back to Boston. They gotta hit Lester early and often. What’s more, when they reach base they gotta play smart. No errors. No giving away outs. Just win tonight carried by that offence, solid baserunning and shut down defence. Its their only chance in this series.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      any worse then Pettitte? Andy would “easily” be the ace on that bluejay rotation!! I mean do you even bother reading the numbers before you write the retarded stuff you do?

  9. insidefastball - May 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    They should see if they can reunite him with Rodrigo Lopez. Both of them were starting for the Cubs a couple of years ago and they were finished then!

    • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      File that comment under “conceptual art”.

  10. psunick - May 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    “… The Blue Jays website and everything.”

    Stop trying to imitate Craig. One of him is enough!

  11. 13arod - May 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    actually andy is pitching good this season

    • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Andy pitched well for his first 4 starts and poorly in his next 2. The Jays would be happy with similar results from Ortiz.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Keep dreaming about that

  12. djpostl - May 10, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    You say this as if he isn’t an improvement over what they’ve had. Hell, an ERA around 4.75 would be beating any of the injured parties by over a run lol.

  13. seitz26 - May 10, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    L’il Pedro!

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