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Ricky Romero In Serious Trouble After Another Poor Outing


As previously mentioned, Spring Training is mostly about figuring out starters for positional battles and warming up for the start of the regular season. That’s why Ricky Romero‘s shaky starts in late February and early March did not signal the end of the world for him. However, after trying to change his pitching mechanics that had him pitching closer to the middle of the rubber Ricky Romero had another poor start, this time in the Jays’ minor league complex.

 

 

While Anthopoulos said there are “no plans to make changes to the rotation” (without first talking to the higher ups), all and all Ricky Romero looks to be on his way out of the 25 man roster. Combining the official stats and today’s line, Romero’s Spring Training line looks like this:

Ricky Romero: 11IP, 16 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 4 HR, 12 BB, 6 K, 9.00 ERA, 2.55 WHIP, 13.1 H/9, 9.8 BB/9, 3.3 HR/9, 4.9 K/9

Those are some god awful numbers when you consider that he’s been pitching against AAA-AAAA level talent. I mean, there have been instance of pitchers having inflated ERA’s and low strikeout numbers in Spring Training baseball (Roy Halladay comes to mind, often working with 1-2 pitches exclusively early on), but when you’re throwing twice as many walks as strikeouts, albeit in a small sample size of 11 innings, it’s evident something is wrong with Ricky Romero’s ability to pitch.

Combine this with the fact that Anthopoulos will be speaking with the front office about Ricky Romero’s poor performance, it looks like the writing might be on the wall for the former staff ace. With J.A. Happ‘s insistence that he is a major league starter, he might be given the go-ahead and stay with the Blue Jays as their fifth starter. Doing so would allow Ricky Romero to go down to a minor league team (he has the options), work on his pitching mechanics (something that does take time to correct/make work) and hopefully come back when he is either fully prepared or if the team needs him.

Nothing is official yet; this is merely speculation. However, if the Blue Jays want to keep a troubled pitcher in the majors to protect his feelings rather than make the tough move for the good of the team it would be a dire mistake. Happ has done well in Spring Training and looks ready to go, and with 12 days until the Blue Jays’ Opening Day the time is now to make the tough decisions.

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  • Brandon

    What does everybody expect? Do you think Ricky Romero having just made mechanical changes is going to be perfect? It’s going to take time for him to adjust. If he needs more time to do so, then fine, start him in the minors. At the same time, the Jays can’t just throw him to the wayside. They have to get him right and be a successful starter again. Remember his track record. The Jays are a better team with a strong Romero than without.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/author/mcdougles Daniel G.

      In the long run, you are right. But Houston and Texas open up the regular season in about 10 days. Ricky Ro was supposed to go 5 innings today utilizing his new mechanics, yet he didn’t make it even halfway.

      Meanwhile, Happ has been reliable in his appearances in Spring Training. Unless Romero throws a 7 inning shutout in his next (and possibly final) spring training start, he should start the season in Buffalo so they can give him the time to get his groove back.

    • RyanMueller

      Brandon you are absolutely right. Management has to make a decision on Ricky Romero soon. Maybe the best thing for him to do is go to AA and focus on his mechanics. Let Happ start the year in TO and bring Ricky back when he regains his confidence, which I believe one of his biggest stumbling blocks.

  • RyanMueller

    Everybody needs to calm down with all this Ricky talk. On other forums people are calling for Ricky to be released, traded, or put in the pen. At this time of year, that is just crazy talk. How long have we been waiting McCowan to get healthy enough to pitch? How long did we wait for Snider to reach his potential? the answer is we are still waiting. I think Ricky has earned the chance to work out his issues without us throwing him under the bus.

    Keep up the hard work Ricky.