Mets-Blue Jays Preview
Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero is no longer
undefeated, but he has to like his chances of getting back on track
with interleague play about to get underway.
Romero looks to continue his dominance of the NL and help the
Blue Jays avoid a 15th loss in 19 meetings with the New York Mets
as the teams open a three-game set Friday night at Rogers
Romero (4-1, 3.88 ERA), who mostly cruised through his first
seven starts, was knocked around during Sunday’s 4-3 loss at
Minnesota. He yielded four runs and a season-high nine hits over 5
1-3 innings, failing to strike anyone out for the first time in 101
“We’ve got to get Ricky right. He’s not been sharp in two starts
in a row. The walk totals have been abnormally high for him,”
manager John Farrell said after Romero issued five free passes for
the second consecutive start. “It seems like his arm’s not catching
up. It’s a matter of staying over the rubber a little bit longer
and allowing his arm to catch up.”
Interleague play could be coming at just the right time for
Romero, who’s 4-2 with a 1.88 ERA in nine career starts against the
The Blue Jays, who went 8-10 in interleague play last season,
haven’t faced the Mets (21-17) since dropping two of three June
23-25, 2006. New York has taken 14 of 18 all-time matchups with the
Mets third baseman David Wright went 2 for 2 to increase his
average to a major league-leading .411 on Thursday, scoring three
runs and driving in another during Thursday’s 9-4 win over
Cincinnati. He helped New York bounce back after blowing a late
lead Wednesday en route to a 6-3 defeat.
“I think what’s really special about (Thursday’s) game is that
people are going to talk about David, because what he’s doing is
mythical, it seems,” Mets starter R.A. Dickey told the team’s
official website. “And I don’t want to take away from that …
(but) everybody’s playing a part, and that’s why we’re able to come
back after tough losses like (Wednesday) night. It’s been really
Wright, who is batting .386 with four homers and 24 RBIs in his
last 17 interleague games, owns the highest season batting average
for a qualifying hitter on this date or later since 2008, when
Atlanta’s Chipper Jones was batting .412 on June 12.
“All is good,” Wright said. ” … I’m getting some pitches to
hit and I’m just not putting them in play.”
Regular Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie won’t put anything
in play this weekend. He’ll be serving the final three games of a
four-game suspension for throwing a batting helmet that bounced and
hit umpire Bill Miller.
Lawrie dropped his appeal and began serving his suspension
Thursday, but that didn’t prevent Toronto (21-18) from winning 4-1
to complete a two-game sweep of the Yankees. Jose Bautista homered
for the fifth time in seven games after leaving the yard just once
in his first 23 contests of 2012.
“If going deep five times in seven games isn’t locked in then
we’re in for a real treat if he’s yet to click in,” Farrell
Bautista hit eight homers and drove in 15 runs in 18 interleague
games last season.
Bautista will get his first look at Mets starter Jonathon Niese
(2-1, 3.40), who scattered five hits over six scoreless innings
Sunday, not factoring in the decision of an 8-4 loss at Miami.
The left-hander went 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA and a .354 opponent
batting average in three interleague starts last season. He has
never faced Toronto.