A little perspective

First off, B.J. Ryan deserves a break before being villified for blowing tonight’s save against the D-Rays. For three reasons: A) The BS was his first since July 30 of last season (a span of 20 appearances) … B) In 2006 he converted 38 of 42 total save opportunities, posting a 1.37 ERA overall (second in the AL) … C) He’s still the third-best closer in Blue Jays history (at least, according to this blog).

Here’s the Top 10:

1. Tom Henke — Nicknamed ‘The Terminator’, Henke was the Jays’ closer from 1985-92, compiling a franchise record 217 saves during that span. The 6’5″ right-hander also posted a 1.83 ERA in 15 postseason games, winning a World Series in ’92.Tom_henke

2. Duane Ward — The primary setup man to Henke from 1986-92, Ward assumed the closer role in ’93 and was dominant all season, collecting a league-best 45 saves … Went 2-0 with a 1.12 ERA in eight World Series contests in ’92 and ’93.

3. B.J. Ryan — Though he currently ranks sixth on the Blue Jays’ all-time saves list (39), Ryan’s conversion rate (91 percent) earns him the No. 3 spot. With his unique delivery and tough slider, he saved a career-high 38 games last season and made an appearance at the All-Star game.

4. Billy Koch — A fireballer who routinely hit 100mph on the radar gun, Koch saved 100 games from 1999-2001. A lack of control, inconsistency and a 3.57 ERA ultimately led to his demise with the Blue Jays.

5. Mike Timlin — Though he only spent one-plus years as Toronto’s closer, managing 36 saves in 1996, Timlin will always hold a special place in the heart of Blue Jays fans. As a 26-year-old in 1992, Timlin fielded Otis Nixon’s bunt and recorded the final out to clinch the World Series for Toronto in Game 6 against Atlanta. That save was a big one.

6. Kelvim Escobar

7. Miguel Batista

8. Joey McLaughlin

9. Randy Myers

10. Roy Lee Jackson

Making his season debut, Gustavo Chacin allows just three runs — on three solo homers — in 6.0 innings of work … Trailing 3-0 in the seventh, Toronto turns a two-out rally into three quick runs — a Gregg Zaun RBI-triple and an Aaron Hill RBI-double highlight the scoring … A two-run homer from Troy Glaus, his first of the season, gives Toronto a 5-3 advantage heading to the bottom of the ninth … The damage is done quickly against Ryan in the final frame … A Delmon Young two-run homer ties it, and a B.J. Upton line drive is enough to bring home the winner … Jays fall to 1-2 …

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