Mama said there’d be days like this

Perhaps it’s remarkable that the Jays’ injury-depleted pitching staff hasn’t been exposed more by American League opponents during the early part of this season. But that certainly hasn’t been the case. The patchwork starting rotation has kept the team in most games, and the offense has taken care of the rest.

Neither happened Monday night, though.

David Purcey, struggling all season with his command, gave up six runs on eight hits over just 5.0 innings of work. The young left-hander was tagged for three home runs – two by Jose Guillen during Kansas City’s 7-1 drubbing of the Blue Jays.

And the league-leading offense? It failed to show up last night, as the Jays managed just one run on two hits – their lone run coming on an Adam Lind RBI single in the first inning.

With the loss, Purcey dropped to 0-2 with an unimpressive 7.01 ERA through his first five starts in 2009. With Jesse Litsch and Ricky Romero both still on the shelf, it’s likely Cito Gaston will continue to give the ball to the 27-year-old Purcey. But that may not be the case for long.

The Blue Jay offense has shown itself more than capable of putting of runs. But it’s unreasonable to expect that sort of output all season. That’s why Toronto needs starting pitchers who can keep the club in ballgames. Purcey needs to show he has that ability – and soon. Otherwise, he may wind up the odd man out of an already thin starting pitching corps.

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2 Responses to “Mama said there’d be days like this”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    Purcey reminds me of Ted Lilly in his Toronto days– little command, lots of walks, lots of strikeouts and a ton of pitches.

  2. TD Says:

    Yep. Unfortunately, Jeremy, his 18 walks are the most of any American League starting pitcher so far this year. He needs to find the plate more often. A thin pitching staff can’t afford to beat itself.

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