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It's Only One Game Right?

A Winning Formula Revisited

As I wrote in my April 3 blog post about a winning formula, yesterday’s game for the Jays fit the formula perfectly. Solid pitching by one of our starters giving up less than 3 runs in 6 or 7 innings to get to our deep and experienced bullpen with a 4-3 lead. An uneventful 8th inning by Scott Downs to get to newly crowned closer Jason Frasor and he shuts down the Ranger bats for his first of many saves of the season!

What’s that you say? It didn’t exactly happen that way? Oh it happened alright. Shawn Marcum flirted with a no-hitter into the 7th before giving up a 3 run homer, but the Jays got him a run in the 8th to regain the lead. Whew! The formula is still intact and our bullpen is almost guaranteed, right? Well the setup part worked perfectly, but the closer could barely get an out and the Rangers bulldozed their way to victory.

We weren’t the only team that saw a solid outing by their number one starter go for naught due to
bullpen collapse. Zack Greinke must be wondering what he has to do to get a “W” in Kansas City.

Vernon Wells and Adam Lind carried the Jays offensively with 3 hits apiece and all the RBI. As they say, it is a long season and this was only 1 game. All closers blow a few in the course of 162 games, ours just chose to do it in the first game. Opening day jitters, couldn’t find his changeup or whatever the reason, let’s hope we don’t see such performers by the starters go wasted like this too often. It must be as demoralizing for them as it is for the fans to see. Besides, these kinds of outings leave lasting memories for those teams looking for bullpen help. Frasor sure didn’t enhance his trade value on opening day, but as they say, it’s only 1 game. Frasor will get his share of saves this year.

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