The Toronto Blue Jays are decimating the Twins and have gotten off to a 6-3 start this season. This comes as a surprise to many, as the pitching depth for the Jays is slim. Roy Halladay is the consistent winner for the Jays. He is 2-0 in two starts, and I could see him once again putting up 20+ wins with the improved offense. However, lack of pitching on this team will come back to bite the Blue Jays. Aside for B.J. Ryan, thier closer, there is nobody notable in that rotation. There is nobody with the experience needed to last a full 162 games. David Purcey, Ricky Romero, Jesse Litsch. and Scott Richmond round out the rest of the rotation behind “Doc” Halladay. Litsch has a full season under his belt. The other three will have issues. The Blue Jays are putting up great offensive numbers, but soon the pitching will start to fade and we’ll see the Jays turn into the Texas Rangers, a team with a very, very good offense and relatively poor pitching numbers.
The Red Sox got exactly what they needed today from Tim Wakefield.
Wakefield pitched a complete game and took a no-hitter into the 8th inning. For those of you who do not know what a no-hitter is, it’s when a pitcher does not allow a hit to the opposing team during the course of an entire game. Hence “no-hitter”. The venerable knuckleballer picked up his 179th career win in an 8-2 romp over the Oakland Athletics. The Red Sox offense finally showed signs of life as well.
I mentioned last night how well Justin Masterson pitched, and how he could be a starting option. Well today the Sox put Matsuzaka on the 15-day DL, and have inserted Masterson into the starting rotation. This move should pay off for the Sox if Masterson continues to work that excellent sinker. I still want to see Buchholz up soon.