Posted by: Jeremy | May 3, 2009

No one on the corner got swagger like Scott Richmond

Scott Richmond, on his way to the Cy

Scott Richmond, on his way to the Cy

With apologies to Erik Bedard, Rich Harden and the 2006 version of Adam Loewen, Scott Richmond is officially the most dominant Canadian pitcher since Paul Quantrill (Paul Spoljaric’s recent dominance of the Intercounty League was taken into consideration as well). The North Vancouver resident won his fourth consecutive start this afternoon, going seven strong in leading the Jays to a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Mighty Orioles.

Richmond gave up three runs (two earned) and lowered his ERA to 2.67 — not bad for a guy that barely made the team out of Spring Training. Jesse “The American Dream” Carlson tossed a perfect eight and Scott Downs retired the Orioles in order in a not-so-B.J. Ryan-esque ninth. Oh yeah, and Alex Rios homered for the first time in 409 games, and it even proved to be the game-winner!

Well, make it three straight and a sweep of the Orioles for an AL-best 18-9 record. On my way home I engaged in a textfest with my esteemed friend Kooy, who claims to be “cautiously optimistic”, which is what I’d describe myself as too. I make a lot of outrageous claims — Aaron Hill is the AL MVP, Scott Richmond is in line for a Cy Young and my man Jesse Carlson is the Rolaids Relief Man of the Century, for example — but I actually make them because I’m a bit insecure and realize this could blow up at any second. Let’s be honest — 1993 was a long time ago. Still, I have a good feeling right now. I’m cautiously optimistic. Knock on wood.


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