Hear that buzz?
If you live in Toronto, or are a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, you hear it… And it’s fun.
For the second straight day, the Toronto Blue Jays got a standout performance from one of their players as starting pitcher Brandon Morrow threw a one-hitter and the Blue Jays held on to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0. Morrow struck out 17 batters, one shy of Roger Clemens’ franchise record 18 set Aug. 25, 1998. The Jays sweep the Rays.
The day before, in a 17-11 win over the Rays, Rookie cathching prospect JP Arencibia made his long awaited debut with the Jays after he led the minors for most of the year in home runs, finishing off his Las Vegas (AAA) run with 31 HR’s to go with 32 doubles and a .303 batting average. He went 4-5 in his ML debut including hitting a homerun on the first pitch he say in the majors. He ended the day with 2 homers. The 24-year old, right-handed hitting catcher was chosen 21st overall in the first round of the 2007 June draft. He has shown great power numbers in his minor league career, with 82 home runs over four seasons.
This has been an exciting week for the Jays and their fans, as earlier in the week they rode into Yankee Stadium and took two of three games from the pinstripes, knocking them, briefly, out of first place. On the season series, the Jays have now won five of nine from New York, out-homering the normally powerful Bronx Bombers 17-8.
After taking 2 of 3 from the best team in baseball, with a .604 winning percentage, the NY Yankees, the Jays have now swept the second best team in baseball, the Tampa Rays. So look out. The now hotest team in the AL (and second hotest after the 8-2 Cincinnati Reds), the Jays are within 3 1/2 games of the 3rd place Boston Red Sox, heading into a series with them next.
At least playing meaningful games this far into the season is good for the Jays for this year and for next year.
So who would you rather have pitching for you this year???
Brandon Morrow 4,79 ERA. 118.1 IP. 10 HR. 55 BB. 134K. Making $409,800 in 2010.
AJ Burnett 4.93 ERA. 126.0 IP. 16 HR. 52BB. 94K. Making: $16.5 million in 2010.
Is it wrong of me to smile every time AJ loses… Especially to the Jays? I really felt that Burnett had 1 great season in the past 10, which got him a huge deal from the NY Yankees, after which he tailed off and became the average pitcher he is again…
Since 2001, here is his win-loss stats.
2001 Florida 11-12
2002 Florida 12-9
2003 Florida 0-2
2004 Florida 7-6
2005 Florida 12-12
2006 Toronto 10-8
2007 Toronto 10-8
2008 Toronto 18-10
2009 NY Yankees 13-9
2010 NY Yankees 9-9
he 18-10 season was his most productive and that came after then Jays GM, JP Ricciardi called him out in the media for not being able to play through pain, because he had been on the DL so much in his career.