May 3, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and home plate umpire Jim Joyce (66) check on starting pitcher Ricky Romero (24) after being hit with a batted ball at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

LIVE Game Thread: Toronto Blue Jays (13-21) at Tampa Bay Rays (14-18) – In Ricky Romero We [Must] Trust Edition


Ricky Romero continues his MLB comeback tonight trying to keep the Toronto Blue Jays winning streak alive by clinching a series victory on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Romero (0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. Matt Moore (5-0, 1.95 ERA)

Romero pitched four innings last week in what was his first start of the season, allowing three hits, three walks and three earned runs to take the loss. He looked good to start but as the game wore on his control unraveled. The Jays will need more from the 2011 All-Star if they expect a chance to win tonight.

Moore has been fantastic to start the season with a minuscule 4.9 H/9 and ferocious 10.0 K/9 to completely justify his 5-0 record. The Jays already have faced more hot pitchers than I can shake a stick at so might as well chalk up another on the board tonight. Getting to the bullpen this game will be key as the Jays have destroyed the Rays relievers in the first two games of this series.

The Jays have relied on the long ball all season and last night again was no exception. Adam Lind, Colby Rasmus and Maicer Izturis provided the power last night and the team had 13 hits including three from Melky Cabrera to go along with a pair from Jose Bautista. This is the type of offence most fans were expecting when this team was put together but the Jays will need to get solid pitching and defense if they want to continue their winning streak and overall climb back to relevance.

Best wishes go out to J.A. Happ and his family after a very scary play last night. Moments like that remind us that as much as we love baseball it is still just a game.

Join us for lives updates for tonight’s game starting at 7:10PM from Tropicana Field.

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  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    Well we weren’t the only ones in for a crazy first inning tonight… Red Sox 5-4 over the Twins in the second!

    • Justin Jay

      Webster is getting destroyed

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    Do you think they will give Ricky another shot? I wouldn’t. Was a huge supporter last year until the bitter end but he has completely lost it. Send him back to Single-A to recover.

  • Justin Jay

    You gotta feel for Romero man

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      where is Jay Blue when you need him? i’m drawing a blank on who blair and hayhurst were talking about bringing up today on BC

  • Justin Jay

    This is brutal to watch. Gonzalez is pitching valiantly but what can you expect out of him. Romero not finding his way and Johnson’s injury certainly make things uncertain for Toronto. Anybody know how Hutchison and Drabek are progressing? Is it possible to put Cecil back into the rotation?

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      these are the questions we weren’t supposed to have to ask this year… the rotation has fallen apart

      • Justin Jay

        yes and no. I believe when Drabek and Hutchison come back, we’ll have more depth. I know it’s tough to rely on 2 guys back from Tommy John, but we have no choice

        • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

          it was Claudio Vargas they were talking about bringing up

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    JOSE!!! WHAT A DOUBLE PLAY!

  • Justin Jay

    Here’s something you haven’t heard in a while: GREAT JOB JOSE BAUTISTA! NICE DP BRO!

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      that was a sick play… i try that move in MLB 13 The Show constantly but it never works out like that!

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    Good news – Moore’s pitch count is getting up there… if only we can get to the bullpen a four run lead is nothing!

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    Can we please get a measure on Brett Lawrie’s vertical??? Guy can jump!

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    Every time I see a Vernon Wells home run for the Yankees a little part of me dies inside

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    not sure why the crowd is booing about not getting a strike when the ball is two feet off the plate… fans will be fans

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    Would love to get an attendance figure at Tropicana tonight… Rays drew a crowd of under 10,000 on Monday night.

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    Halladay’s shoulder sounds like it is destroyed…

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