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The Series Rewind: Jays grab two of three from the Royals

Posted By Ben Fisher On Apr 22 2010 @ 12:29 am In Toronto Blue Jays | No Comments

The Breakdown:

The Blue Jays (9-7) enjoyed solid starts from Brandon Morrow, Dana Eveland and Shaun Marcum en route to winning two of three against Kansas City. Losing the series closer in 10 innings hurt, mind you.

My Thoughts:

-  Has Morrow overcome some early season jitters? It sure looked that way on Friday night, as he allowed just one run and three hits over seven innings while striking out seven for his first win as a Jay. Most importantly, he looked composed and showed good command of his pitches, throwing 64 strikes to just 26 balls. His next start will represent an interesting test, as he faces the heavier-hitting Tampa Bay Rays.

-  I won’t go so far as to suggest that Brian Tallet has been Wally Pipp’ed by Brett Cecil, but you get the feeling that Cecil is more than just a placeholder for the big lefty. Tallet (forearm) and Edwin Encarnacion (shoulder) were placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, while Cecil was called up from Triple-A and Aaron Hill was activated after his own stint on the DL. If Cecil can make an early impression (or at least offer more than Tallet’s 6.11 ERA thus far), he could send Tallet back to bullpen duty.

-  Shawn Camp has quietly made himself an integral part of the relief corps. He rarely gets the call in big moments and was never mentioned as part of the Jays’ group of late-inning specialists (Jason Frasor, Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg), but Camp has earned the faith of Cito Gaston with steady, consistent relief appearances. He earned his first win of the season in Tuesday night’s comeback victory and now boasts a 0.90 ERA through 10 innings of work this season.

-  I might be taking liberties with this “series rewind” theme, but a key element for the Blue Jays moving forward is the progress of their farm system, so I will check in on how the farmhands are doing every now and then.

  • Luis Perez of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA) was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 and surrendering just a run and two hits over 17 innings pitched (three outings).
  • The prospects acquired in the Roy Halladay swap are making an early impact, as Brett Wallace leads the Pacific Coast League with five home runs in 12 games and Travis d’Arnaud was named Florida State League Player of the Week.

Up Next:

Following an off day, the Jays will visit Tampa Bay for a three-game set against the 11-4 Rays. Tampa has won eight of their last nine, including a four-game sweep against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Cecil makes his 2010 debut against the red hot Matt Garza in the opener.

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