Posted by: Jeremy | June 14, 2010

Rockies pound Litsch, sweep Jays


The frustration continues

Alright, maybe I’m the idiot — for the second straight year, I figured a couple months of winning baseball meant the Jays could challenge for a playoff spot. How did I not learn my lesson last season? Yesterday’s 10-3 loss in Colorado wrapped up a Rockies sweep and marked Toronto’s fifth loss in six games thus far on the current road trip, with another three coming in San Diego starting tonight. The Padres, somehow, are atop baseball’s second-toughest division — the NL West — with a 37-26 record. I’d say their collapse was ready to begin if they weren’t facing the Jays.

Jesse Litsch made his first start since April 2009 yesterday at Coors Field, getting shelled for nine hits and seven runs in two-and-a-third innings. I’m gonna take it easy on the guy, though — despite what a lot of Toronto baseball geniuses seem to think, he was a good pitcher before his elbow fell off and I’m pretty confident he will be again. Give him a few starts to get back into the groove — he’ll be fine.

The Jays’ bats managed seven hits and three runs, bumping their grand total to 10 in six games on the trip. Pretty, pretty, pretty impressive stuff right there. All three runs came in the third, when Toronto reaped the benefit of a couple Colorado errors, including one by second baseman Jonathan Herrera on a Lyle Overbay grounder with two down that allowed a run to score. Alex Gonzalez had an RBI double earlier in the inning and was the only Jay with two hits in the game.

The loss drops the Jays to 34-30 overall and 17-16 on the road, where they’ve dropped seven of eight dating back to the last trip. Sure, still a lot better than could’ve been expected coming into the season, but a tad frustrating given where they stood a couple weeks ago. Again, my bad for getting my hopes up. You’d think I’d have watched enough baseball in my life to know how things usually work out, especially with this team.

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  1. Hey Jeremy I agree with you on Litsch. Fans who are calling for Litsch’s head and want Tallet back in the rotation just need to calm down and realize it’s one start. A lot of the hits yesterday were bleeders that dropped for a hit, so Litsch was a bit unlucky at points yesterday. Next time around he’s facing a really weak lineup in the Giants so hopefully he can rebound from this start.

  2. Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of Jays fans roll their eyes at the mention of Litsch coming back and joining the rotation, and I’ve never really understood why. He has two seasons of 20+ starts with sub-4.00 ERAs, both coming before the age of 24. Sure, he’s not gonna blow anyone away, but that isn’t necessary to be a good pitcher in league. I’ll take Litsch on the back end of our rotation anyday…

  3. INTER-LEAGUE!!!!!! Need I say more????

    I still hate bitch-litsch, but I’m not hoping for Tallet to be the guy to fill up the rotation. Where’s the scoring, other than the single HR’s. Bautista, Gonzalez, and Buck are back to reality…sadly. HILL AND LIND BETTER GET IT RIGHT!!!! Or is it the ” Fuck it, My contract year was last year!!” Hill needed to prove his comeback season, and Lind got the extension.
    From San D, its San Fran and St. Louis next. Where’s the let up?? Then home sweet home in Philly for three?????

    I WISH I COULD BE DOWN THERE FOR THE GIANTS/CARDS WEEK. MY GOAL WOULD BE A BALL SIGNED BY BENGIE,YADIER, AND JOSE ON THE SAME BALL!!!!
    Of course, I want Albert, McGwire, Carpenter, Wainwright, Holliday, Ludwick, Rasmus, Lincecum,Cain, Zito, Sandoval, Dirty Sanchez (lol), Rowand on a ball each… but I’m just hoping. I probably could get those guys before I get any Jays’ players (other than the bullpen guys who do it all the time).
    Still pissed that they didn’t do a team signing session for us NON SEASON TICKET LOWLIFES!!!!!!!!

  4. […] Sanchez (5-5, 2.78), who tossed a no-hitter in 2009, on Sunday. Jesse Litsch (0-1, 27.00), who had a nightmarish return from Tommy John surgery on Sunday in Colorado, makes his first start back in Toronto tomorrow before Shaun Marcum (6-3, 3.31) goes in the finale. […]


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