Scott, not Jays, keep rollin

As mentioned in the previous post, games aren’t played on paper. And that’s a good thing for the New York Yankees because they won Saturday afternoon despite a less than favourable pitching matchup.

Roy Halladay may just be the best pitcher in the American League, and Chien-Ming Wang may have failed to complete six innings for the ninth straight start this year, but none of that mattered on Saturday. The game came down to a battle of the bullpens and the Blue Jays lost that battle.

That makes six out of the last seven that the Jays have lost. Their 42-40 record leaves them seven games back of division-leading Boston and six games back of the Yanks in the wild card race. Oh, and they also placed Scott Richmond on the 15-day DL with a sore arm. Okay, so were there any positives to come out of Saturday?

How about Scott Rolen?

The Jays’ third baseman extended his hitting streak to a career-high 21 games this afternoon with a fourth inning double off Wang. He finished 1-for-4 with a walk to end the day with a .331 average, still second best in the AL behind Ichiro Suzuki (.365). Among third basemen, Rolen’s average is the best in the AL and ranks second best in the majors (Pablo Sandoval, .333).

During the streak, which is the longest by a Blue Jay this year and also the longest current streak in the majors, Rolen has batted .415 (34-for-82). Since being moved into the cleanup spot, the 34-year-old has hit .371 (23-for-62) with 11 RBIs in 15 games.

2 Responses to “Scott, not Jays, keep rollin”

  1. eyebleaf Says:

    Rolen is the only positive right now. Sadness.

  2. TD Says:

    Yep, 22 games now! I think I had it wrong at 20 yesterday. They certainly hit enough today to get it done. Boy do they need a win bad though.

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