Posted by: Jeremy | May 10, 2009

Brett Cecil making memories of David Purcey seem distant

Brett Cecil, making quick work of the mighty A's

Brett Cecil, making quick work of the mighty A's

Physically, Brett Cecil looks a lot like Tampa Bay’s Scott Kazmir, and he’s beginning to look like the same type of pitcher as well (minus 11 walks per nine innings or so). Cecil was lights out against Oakland’s potent lineup (which included the likes of Adam Kennedy and Jack Hannahan) this afternoon, throwing eight shutout innings in his second career start as the Jays won 5-0. For his major league career, Cecil has allowed just one earned run in 14 innings. David Purcey whooooo?

Interestingly, Cecil was 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in four starts with Las Vegas, and he’s not the only Toronto pitcher that’s struggled in the minors but starred with the big club this season. Ricky Romero, who was masterful in three starts before getting hurt, was roughed up in his first rehab start last week. Even Purcey was trashed worse than he ever was with the Jays in his last start with Vegas. Hopefully Casey Janssen, who has been tremendous in his rehab starts and is scheduled to return to Toronto next weekend, won’t fall victim to the reverse trend.

Anyway, Cecil wasn’t the only Jay worth talking about today — Alex Rios broke his most recent funk with a homer and three RBIs and Marco Scutaro, Aaron Hill and Jose Bautista joined Rios with two hits apiece. In the end, make it a 3-2 road trip and a 22-12 record overall. Bring on A.J.!


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