- This is a hard game to analyze for Scott Kazmir. When 50% of your balls in play are of the fly ball variety, odds are a few are going to sneak over the fences. It happened twice tonight and that really saps an otherwise decent start. We saw how feisty the Jays hitters are when it comes to fouling pitches off just last week, but Kazmir managed to seduce their bats into the same amount of misses as Garza and Niemann combined. Kazmir was at his absolute worst in the 4th inning, tossing 29 pitches and recording only 14 strikes - in the 5th he would throw 17 pitches and get 13 strikes, and in the 6th he would throw 16 pitches and get 11 - as easy as it is to blame the umpire for being a bit too tight with his zone, the calls look correct, Kazmir was barely missing, but missing nonetheless. His fastball sat around 90-92 with very good movement, he mixed in his change and slider when needed. It's hard to look at his 7+ tRA and feel like he pitched that poorly.
- Carlos Pena seems like the type of person to vote for Ian Kinsler or Brandon Inge out of principle.
AM: Uh, we'll give you Lohse if you include this kid Downs...
TR: What was that?
AM: Downs, we like him.
TR: Well yeah, you drafted him two years ago.
TR: Two years ago, you drafted him. You traded him to us a few months ago, remember?
AM: No, I'm talking about Downs.
TR: I...okay, fine, whatever. I guess I owe you one for Morgan exploding.
- Just think, game three begins 13 hours from when the bottom of the 9th started. Hooray getaway games that start at noon.
- If tomorrow is Roy Halladay's last start as a Jay against the Rays, I can honestly say I will miss him. Not in the sense that I liked facing him, but that I enjoyed watching him. It's a lot like when the Orioles dealt Erik Bedard. It's been fun Roy, and I hope you pitch well...just not that well.