It's rubber match time!
Well two games in and we have had two good starts by our rotation and an outstanding start for Vernon Wells, in the first two games of the series/season he has hit 5/7 with 3HR 6RBI and 5Runs scored. He is right on top of that high fastball and just killing it. The bandwagon is filling up fast as the haters seem to have magically disappeared. Don't worry though, the second he goes 0fer they will be back in spades. Until that point I am enjoying placing tacks on all of the formally empty seats on the bandwagon. HAH! When asked about his hot start Vernon had this to say:
"I don't think I'm going to keep this pace up, but I'll try," Wells said with a grin.
I know it's hard to see but if you read between the lines it says MVP MVP MVP MVP!
Today we get to see our Super Sophomore Ricky Romero take on former closer/middle reliever turned starter CJ Wilson. Last year Wilson went 5-6 and 14 saves with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP, all while throwing 73.2 Innings. I am not really sold on him as a Starter but I don't watch the Rangers play enough to know one way or the other. That being said he does have good peripheral numbers with 10.3K/9 vs a 3.9BB/9 with a K/BB Ratio of 2.63.
Opposing him taking the mound for our Jays is another Lefty Ricky Romero. Romero had a bit of a breakthrough season for us last year. After being written off as a bust for his entire minor league career (Oh yes I absolutely loved hearing Troy Tulowitzki spewed by every writer talking about JP drafting...) he really came through for us last year. He did wear down a bit near the end of the year but still finished strong with a 13 and 9 record in 29 starts and almost 180 IP. He had a 4.30 ERA and 1.522 WHIP on the year. His strikeout rate was a a decent 7.1K/9. He just needs to keep his BB/9 down which was at 4 last year. Let's hope he can keep up his groundballing ways from Spring Training.
So far in the series the Rangers have lived up to expectations. Good hitting, poor pitching. I hope our hitters can remain patient at the plate and continue drawing walks, it can really drive up the pitch counts and put extra pressure on their staff.
Tune in after the jump for Series information and Lineups.
3 game series vs Rangers @ Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
|Mon 04/05|| WP: Frank Francisco (1 - 0) |
LP: Jason Frasor (0 - 1)
|4 - 5 loss|
|Wed 04/07|| WP: Brian Tallet (1 - 0) |
SV: Jason Frasor
LP: Dustin Nippert (0 - 1)
|7 - 4 win|
04/08/10 2:05 PM EDT
|Toronto Blue Jays||Texas Rangers|
|Mike McCoy - 2B||Julio Borbon - CF|
|Jose Bautista - RF||Michael Young - 3B|
|Adam Lind - DH||Ryan Garko - 1B|
|Vernon Wells - CF||Vladimir Guerrero - DH|
|Lyle Overbay - 1B||Nelson Cruz - RF|
|Edwin Encarnacion - 3B||David Murphy - LF|
|Alex Gonzalez - SS||Taylor Teagarden - C|
|Jose Molina - C||Andres Blanco - 2B|
|Travis Snider - LF||Elvis Andrus - SS|
Remember to keep it civil. GO JAYS GO! and oh yah......
I BELIEVE IN VERNON WELLS!