Ricky’s roll

We knew that Ricky Romero had been pitching well. But we were still surprised when we looked at the numbers …

In his last six starts, the 24-year-old has gone 4-1 with a 1.91 ERA. Those are Roy Halladay-type numbers for crying out loud. During that span, Romero has recorded 40 strikeouts (in 42.1 IP) and held the opposition to a .203 batting average. All of those were quality starts, by the way.

This is the same guy who wasn’t a shoe-in to come north with the big club when the Blue Jays broke camp in spring training. But Romero has come a long way since that time. Just ask Jays’ manager Cito Gaston.

“I can remember the first day I saw him pitch, he was pitching like his pants were on fire,” said Gaston. “He was rushing. His body was getting out in front of his arm.”

And now?

“I’m very impressed,” said Toronto’s manager matter-of-factly.

Overall, Romero is 6-3 with a 2.85 ERA (second to Halladay among Jays starters). In fact, that’s the sixth-lowest ERA among American League starters this year. He’s a few innings short of qualifying officially, but one more start should do it.

That start will come against the New York Yankees at the new Yankee Stadium this weekend. Brian Tallet has Game one tomorrow afternoon against Mr. Burnett.

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