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A Dose of Reality

Marcum Must Be Frustrated

How sad that Shaun Marcum has pitched 5 fabulous games and doesn't have one win to show for it. After scoring a dozen runs the night before, the Jays could only manage a single run in another loss to the Bosox. It's a good example of why wins-losses is a terrible measure of the success of a pitcher. Perhaps the odds will turn in his favor and future starts will result in some run support when he starts.

Rommie Lewis - Another Anthopolous Gem?

You know he must have some talent having been selected in the 4th round of the 2001 draft by the Orioles. Like a lot of pitchers he didn't stand out enough to continue to move up Baltimore's depth chart. After his release last year, AA saw enough to sign him to a minor league contract and between New Hampshire and Las Vegas he fashioned a 2.86 ERA striking out 65 in 66 innings. Is this another situational lefty for the bullpen who just needed a chance like Jesse Carlson?

Bullpen Sorts Itself Out

No surprise regarding the roster moves on Monday with Accardo being optioned to Las Vegas and Valdez being designated for assignement. Out of spring training, roster decisions are often influenced by a player's option status so that he is not lost to the waiver wire. However, reality sets in based on performance as the season progresses and neither Accardo or Valdez were any help to the Jays bullpen. Valdez is one of those pitchers blessed with incredible natural talent in their arm who may or may not eventually find his control, but it looks like that won't happen with the Jays as someone likely will claim him. Accardo just seems lost and likely needs a move to another organization to find himself again.

Rommie Lewis and Josh Roenicke simply deserved to be with the big team. Roenicke has a WHIP of 0.58 and no earned runs allowed thus far and Lewis has notched 5 saves with a 2.35 ERA. The changes should help our pen situation significantly. The rest of the relievers are just going through a bad spell and things will even themselves out over the rest of the season. In the meantime, it's tough to watch quality starts go up in smoke, especially with the Jays not generating a lot of offense.

Trade Situation

It's still early yet for teams to be feeling any pressure to make trades to improve their teams. It may take another month for them to find out where their major weaknesses are, if they have an internal solution, and if they are truly in a running for a playoff spot. However, the Jays need some guys to get their act together if Alex Anthopolous has any chips to trade. Guys like Scott Downs who might have interested the Rays for a bullpen spot, don't make AA's job easy after blowing up in a recent game against them. It would be great if guys like Frasor, Overbay, and Tallet got hot in the next couple of months just prior to the trade deadline. GM's often base trade decisions on recent performance, so ERA's in the 5's or batting averages around .200 aren't going to attract many trade offers.

William Bruyea