Posted by: Jeremy | May 29, 2010

Cecil-mania rolls into town, makes quick work of O’s


Cecil brought his show home Saturday, winning for the fifth time in eight starts

Loooooove Brett Cecil! The young lefty brought it again this afternoon against the O’s, going eight innings and giving up just a pair of runs in the Jays’ 5-2 win — their second in what’s shaping up to be a sure sweep of an incredibly competent division rival (note: sarcasm). Cecil cruised once again, giving up just four hits and walking none to improve to 5-2 in eight starts since getting the call in late-April.

Baltimore actually grabbed a 2-1 lead after scoring twice with two outs in the sixth, but Aaron Hill tied it with a solo shot in the bottom half. Vernon Wells pushed Toronto ahead with a bomb off the facing of the 300 level in the eighth and Lyle Overbay followed a few batters later with a two-run blast — his second homer of the game — to make the final 5-2.

Back to Cecil, though: Aside from a few cheap hits in the sixth, he was in complete control. Unlike his rookie season, for the most part, he’s getting it done with relative ease, and even showed some pretty good poise the only time he ran into trouble this afternoon. After three straight two-out hits and an Edwin Encarnacion error in the sixth, he settled down to strike out Miguel Tejada and strand a pair, then set down six straight before giving way to Kevin Gregg, who grabbed his 13th save with a scoreless ninth.

The win is the Jays’ ninth in their last 11 home games, bumping them to 29-22 overall and a game back of the Yankees in the Wild Card hunt with just 111 to go. Ricky Romero (4-2, 3.42) faces Jeremy Guthrie (3-4, 3.62) in the Baltimore finale tomorrow, then things get interesting — Tampa Bay comes in for three starting Monday and New York for another three starting Friday.

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  1. It’s amazing really. At the begining of the season all anyone talked about was how unsure this young staff would be led by Marcum who had not pitched for over a year and a half. Yet, everyone said the bullpen was among the best in the game. I am yet to see that from the pen (although they have looked better the last few weeks sans, Gregg in Seattle and Downs in LA) Now each and every time a Jays starter takes the hill I look forward to clicking on the TV! For the first time in a while I actually have some hope that this team has a bright future. Zach Stewart/Kyle Drabek in the Minors drafts to come and a team who seems to hit the ball out of the park at will. Its a beauty to turn the game on every day. I have tickets through work for tomorrows game and I am looking forward to watching Ricky pitch in a hopeful sweep.

    I look forward to the Halladay perfect game story!

  2. Yeah man, I’m loving this young pitching staff — got my fingers crossed that they’ll stay hot.

    Come check me out at the game tomorrow…I’ve moved to the right field side — it’s a different look, I’m liking it!

  3. How many starts for Tallet do you think they’ll let him have?? I think he’s up for Tuesday. I want to be there Wednesday….Marcum takes on T-Bay, and David Price!!!!!

  4. Look at the Tampa Bay staff — doesn’t it make you excited about what we have? Two years ago, nobody would’ve thought a young rotation led by Shields and Garza would’ve been able to keep up, let alone make it to the World Series. Why not us? I’m not saying it’s gonna happen, but at least there’s hope that we can hang around…


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