Good Morrow

What can you say? The Jays are awesome.

If you’re the kind of person who sees something great and then thinks “it’s all down hill from here,” then this is the team for you. Let’s just take a look at the last week:

• Toronto strolls into Yankee Stadium and takes 2 of 3 from the Yankees. Can’t get much better than that, right?
• Toronto comes home to play host to the Tampa Bay Rays and that bad, bad man Brett Cecil dominates in the opener.
• Saturday afternoon, Game 2: We all know what happened in that game.
• This afternoon, series finale. Surely there’s got to be a letdown in the cards for Jays fans, right? Brandon Morrow disagrees.

Morrow’s was probably the best game ever pitched by a Blue Jay — and I mean that without hyperbole. Complete game, shutout, 8-2/3 of no-hitter, 17 strikeouts. Simply astounding work from the No. 3 starter.

I know this Jays team is built for the future, but it sure is fun watching them now. With the flashes of brilliance we’re treated to on a regular basis, it’s hard not to imagine the Jays making a post-season run in the very short-term.

P.S. Like most Jays bloggers, I don’t see eye-to-eye with Cito (probably because he’s such a huge man. TWO WORLD SERIES!) but I gotta say I was happy to see him let Morrow finish the game. It would have been  easy to pull him after he gave up that one hit in the ninth — I probably would have done just that — but leaving him in to finish it out was class. Dangerous class, to be sure, but Morrow didn’t disappoint. It’s one of those rare moments where The Manager’s insanity actually brings a little smile to my face.

5 thoughts on “Good Morrow

  1. I still like Halladay’s 10 inning CG against the Tigers in 2003 as the greatest Jays pitching performance. 3 hits over 10 innings. He threw only 99 pitches, which means – had the Jays not scored in the bottom of the 10th – he might have went out for the 11th. Plus – he got an impressive 21 GO and gave up only 2 LD. Check it out:

    And his other 10 inning CG (in which he remarkably only K’d 2 batters):

    And his 89 pitch CG:

    • Impressive starts to be sure. I guess it depends on what you’re looking at though.

      Those Halladay starts were damn good, but because he relied on the defence (not a fault at all, especially since it’s hard to hit him hard) I’d view those as slightly more of a team effort.

      It definitely took Morrow quite a few more pitches than it took Doc in the games you mention, but Morrow’s 17 Ks meant the Rays only had 8 chances (7 outs and the one hit) to get anything going against him.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • I will miss things like leaving Morrow in to finish the game. But that’s about it.

      Cito seems like a good guy, but I can’t wait for him to no longer be The Manager.

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