Thursday leaves us with yet another baseball-less day in Toronto as the Blue Jays return home from their 3-4 road trip before squaring off with Texas this weekend. Today’s off day means it’s time for the latest installment of Off Day Blues, your guide to surviving the void in between Blue Jay games… MiLB style.
Today features a pair of interesting games down on the farm:
In game 1 we have former Ace, Ricky Romero taking on a hard hitting club in Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia) at 10:35 AM. Yes, that’s 10:35 in the morning…. Gotta love the Minor’s, eh?
Romero, who is coming off his best start with the Bisons last Saturday (6 IP, 8 Hits, 6 ER and no Walks) will look to build off the success he had while facing facing Norfolk however he’s in tough as the Iron Pigs are hitting .263 on the season which is good enough for 4th place in the International League, 1 team behind the Bisons at .278.
At this point, all we can really search for in a Romero start is his ability to control the strike zone while limiting the amount of free passes issued. Having walked 20 batters in 6 games with the herd, Romero will have to battle against Lehigh Valley as they have drawn a collective 206 Walks in 59 games this season.
Other notable players for the Bisons include Luis Jimenez (1.009 OPS), 2nd baseman Jim Negrych (.923 OPS) & the power hitting 1st baseman Mauro Gomez with his team leading 15 Home Runs on the season.
Below is a link to Buffalo’s radio feed.
If you work regular hours and cant tune into the Bisons game, perhaps game #2 will be better suited for your baseball crazed needs.
1st place Dunedin (31-24) hands Austin Bibens-Dirx the ball as the D-Jays take on the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay) on “Tickets For Price of Gas Night” at the FAES.
6:30 first pitch.
Bibens-Dirx, a former 16th round draft pick by the Seattle Mariners, is in the midst of one of his strongest seasons as a pro as the 28 year old RHP has recorded a combined 4-4 record with a 2.69 ERA between both New Hampshire and Dunedin this season.
Although the one time independent ball ace for the Victoria Seals is often viewed as organizational depth, it’s hard not to take notice at his strong start to the season as a promotion to AAA Buffalo (a club that is currently strapped for starters given the recent injury woes with Toronto) may be in the cards for Bibens-Dirx in the near future.
Other interesting players currently on the Blue Jays Single A roster include 3rd baseman Andy Burns (.320/.380/.507), Canadian import Mike Crouse (.366 OBP) and 6’6 reliever Ajay Meyer who currently leads the relief corps with a 2.59 ERA.
* Also pitching for Dunedin is the lefty, Darren Oliver however Toronto’s reliever got into the the game on Wednesday going 1 IP without allowing a Run likely meaning a return to the mound is unlikely for Oliver on Thursday as he continues to rehab in the FSL.
Below is a link to Dunedin’s radio feed.