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


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

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.