Brett Cecil is quickly becoming the man, in a left-handed Roy Halladay type of way. Alright, maybe he’s not quite there yet, but I’m not about to argue with the direction he’s headed in — save for one disastrous start against Texas a couple weeks ago, he’s 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in six times out this year. That, after seven-and-a-third shutout innings last night in Los Angeles, a game in which Cecil and the Jays cruised to a 6-0 win despite not getting a combined five homers from Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion for once.
Cecil cruised from start to his exit with one out in the eighth, giving up just a pair of Angel hits and two walks to pick up his second straight win. Adam Lind led the way offensively for Toronto, driving in the opening run with a first inning sac fly and another on a double in the Jays’ four-run eighth. Vernon Wells, John Buck and Lyle Overbay also drove home Toronto runs in the inning.
The win is the Jays’ 27th of the year in their 47th game — a bit off last year’s pace when they picked up number 27 in the 41st game, though we all no what happened after that (loss, loss, loss, loss, loss, loss, loss, loss and loss, in case you forgot). That said, I’d say Toronto is in pretty, pretty, pretty good shape.
The great Ricky Romero (4-1, 2.71) has the ball tonight in the second of the three-gamer, with LA’s Ervin Santana (3-3, 3.75) his counterpart.