Jays 3, KC 11 - April 29th Recap

Pitching: Well, we can only say that Tallet had a rough outing and may be tiring a bit from the change to starter. It's a little disconcerting that Cito allowed Tallet to stay in the game so long when the majority of the pen was fresh and ready to go. Instead, he was allowed to stay in for 10 runs over 11 hits and 3 walks, putting a big dent in the chances of the Jays winning after his 4 innings were completed. Shawn Camp, Jason Frasor, and Bill Murphy came on in relief and allowed 1 run overall (Camp) and only 4 hits over their 4 IP. During the early part of Tallet's outing, it seemed that Billy Butler really had his number while homering twice and driving in 2 more with a double. He was by far the hottest KC hitter with 4 hits, 4 runs, and 4 RBI, but Canadian Mark Teahen also did some damage with a 2-run shot over the fence.

Offense: The encouraging part for the offense was that they, unlike any other team that has faced KC starter Zach Greinke, were able to get 2 runs in off of him, driving his ERA up to a whopping 0.50 on the season! It doesn't seem like much, but had Roy Halladay been pitching for the Jays, there is a chance the outcome of the game could have been favorable. Aaron Hill and Rod Barajas had 2 hits a piece and Marco Scutaro continued to get on base with a hit and a walk, but it wasn't enough to get many runs home. Snider seems to be cooling off at the bottom of the lineup with another 0-4 night and is now hitting .259 on the season. Nobody can argue that he deserves to be moved up in the lineup until he performs at a higher level, and chances are he will sometime soon. The Jays could use more offense from Rios and Snider at this point.

Side Note: Isn't it odd that when your team loses to go 15-8 you are not as depressed as you would be if they were losing to go 8-15? It seems we are able to accept the lop-sided losses much more easily when our team is winning more often than not. Watching the game last nigth I had that exact feeling that said "oh well, at least they're still up front in the division and will get it back the next game." I only hope the Jays players never get that feeling because it could be very dangerous for our playoff chances indeed.

Next up: Brian Burres (0-1, 12.46) tries to redeem himself against Kyle Davies (1-1, 4.88). It's a 2:10 ET start.

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