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A long time coming and a little bit of deja vu

So, Jo-Jo finally got his much-awaited win in the Jays 11-1 rout of the suddenly struggling Cleveland Indians. Spurred on by some fantastic defense in the first few innings, Jo-Jo carried that momentum all the way to the first complete game of his career. The interesting part? The man he tied for the record, Matt Keough, also threw a 1-run complete game in his next start to avoid the record.

So much for my prediction that the Jays wouldn’t light up the Indians in this series. 11 runs on 13 hits in the opener and maybe the Jays bats are finally coming around. And the man I said might be able to protect Jose Bautista (Juan Rivera) went 0-5 behind him snapping his 11-game hit streak. It was a bad night of predictions on my part.

It’s Morrow vs. Talbot tonight and I think the Jays are going to jump on him as well. Talbot is coming off a rough outing against Boston and is still fresh off the DL. As for Morrow, he hasn’t been great, but he hasn’t been terrible either so far this season. However, I think Jays fans were expecting close to ace type stuff from him after his performance last season and he isn’t anywhere near that yet. Perhaps tonight he can get deep into the ball game and the Jays give him a comfortable lead like they did Jo-Jo.

Notice all those empty seats behind Jo-Jo? The Jays only drew about 12, 900 last night. The fact is, this team won’t start drawing even mediocre crowds on a Monday night against the Indians until they are in a legitimate pennant race.

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  1. Tom
    May 31, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Me: Dad, when are we going to be a family again?

    Dad: When the Jays win the pennant.

    Seriously though, I’m happy for Jo-Jo. However, how did AA keep faith in a pitcher who hasn’t won in 20-whatever starts?

    • Toronto Sports Fanatic
      May 31, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      Reyes is only in the rotation because of Brett Cecil’s velocity issues. I think that is the biggest disappointment for me this year. I really thought Cecil was going to improve on his performance last season when I thought he was even better than Morrow and Romero. Then, all of a sudden, he just inexplicably lost it and can’t seem to find it. That opened up a permanent spot in the rotation for Reyes and to be fair he hasn’t been unbelievably horrible all season despite his record winless streak.

      AA probably held onto him because he’s hoping to get something, anything out of him at the trade deadline. It’s why guys like Corey Patterson, although he’s on tear right now, are still playing everyday. You sign these cheap, veteran free agents and you hope they have a hot half season and then you sell them for value. It’s exactly how the Jays landed Yunel Escobar from the Braves.

      And that line still brings a tear to my eye.

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