Three Things From Week Two

*Originally written April 19th

Nobody expected a first place finish by Toronto this year, so the fact that they fell a bit in week two is not surprising. What is surprising is that the fall came at home. Toronto was miserable on the road in 2009 with a 31-50 record – third worst in the American League. But their home record of 44-37 was very respectable, especially considering the division where the Jays reside. same sites Unfortunately that hasn’t carried forward into 2010, with Toronto dropping five of their first seven home games, including a three game sweep at the hands of the Angels. The struggles at home are a big story from the second week of the season. Here are three more:

1. Ricky Romero – Future Ace

When Roy Halladay was traded in the offseason, many anointed Shaun Marcum the next ace of the Jays, with Romero still thought to be a few years away from becoming a truly dominant pitcher. Well, through three starts it might be safe to say that he has officially arrived. While his record is only 1-1, he has dominated to the tune of a 1.57 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 23 innings. owner of domain The competition has not been shabby either, as Romero shut down the powerful Texas Rangers, the defending AL West champion LA Angels, and a heavy hitting Chicago White Sox club, coming within a few outs of a no-hitter. Three starts does not make a season, but so far he is doing his best to make fans forget about Halladay.

2. Where has the offense gone?

While Romero was busy dominating the Angels on Sunday, the Jays were being dominated themselves. Ervin Santana came into the game with an unsightly 0-2 record and 7.71 ERA, but completely shut down the Blue Jays offense. In fact, Toronto averaged only three runs per game in the sweep by LA, and you don’t have to look too far to see the reason why. At the conclusion of yesterday’s game, the batting averages of Toronto’s five-through-nine hitters were as follows:

Lyle Overbay, .080

Jose Bautista, .191

John Buck, .184

Travis Snider, .108

John McDonald, .227

Hurry back Aaron Hill.

3. Lyle Overbay

As if things couldn’t get any worse for the first baseman, his brutal error in the top of the ninth yesterday opened the door for two more Angel runs, increasing the deficit to three and essentially putting the game out of reach. Overbay has been downright horrendous this season – 4 for 50 with 15 strikeouts, and an unbelievably low OPS of .285. With Brett Wallace tearing up Triple-A pitching (.289 average, 1.018 OPS, 4 home runs in 11 games), it might only be a matter of time until before the youngster gets a chance to see what he can do in the big leagues.

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