More than a ‘Pat’ on the back

While there has been no shortage of question marks in Toronto’s starting rotation this season, ace Roy Halladay has been his usual dominant self, going 4-0 with a 2.28 ERA in six starts thus far. Those numbers helped earn him American League Pitcher of the Month honours for April, his third time winning the monthly award.

With the other two coming in May and September of 2003, it’s no coincidence that the right-hander won his lone AL Cy Young Award thatCyhent same season. Former Blue Jay ace Pat Hentgen accomplished a similar feat in 1996, the year in which he became the first pitcher in Toronto history to win the Cy Young Award.
That season, Hentgen earned Pitcher-of-the-Month honours in July and August, becoming the only Blue Jay hurler to ever win the award in back-to-back months. During that span, he went a remarkable 10-2 with a 2.65 ERA, tossing six complete games in the process. Overall, Hentgen went 20-10 with a 3.22 ERA, becoming the second Toronto pitcher (Jack Morris) to record 20 victories in a single campaign.

If Thursday was a low point, Friday is an even lower one for the Blue Jays, who lose 7-1 to the Texas Rangers in the opener of a three-game set … Tomo Ohka delivers an uninspiring 10-hit, six-run outing to take the loss, dropping to 2-3 on the season … Toronto’s offense manages just five hits, including two apiece by Sal Fasano and Lyle Overbay … The merry-go-round continues at the leadoff position, as Adam Lind takes a shot Friday night. He goes 0-for-5 with a strikeout to drop his average to .225 … Halladay returns to the mound Saturday — finally …

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