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Gameday Thread: Blue Jays at O's, 04/21

Game Time: 7:05 | TV: MASN, RSN (TOR) | Radio: WHFS
Josh Towers, RH Adam Loewen, LH (1-1, 2.03) (1-0, 3.95) RF A Rios CF C Patterson LF A Lind 3B M Mora CF V Wells RF N Markakis DH F Thomas SS M Tejada 1B L Overbay DH A Huff 2B A Hill 1B K Millar SS R Clayton LF J Gibbons C J Phillips 2B C Gomez 3B R Roberts C P Bako

Yesterday I forgot to mention Bluebird Banter, the SBN Jays site. They do solid work. They're good. I like 'em.

Josh Towers has a nice ERA, but that's a little deceptive. Three of the six runs charged to him in a 6-3 loss to the Royals on April 10 were unearned, and he gave up 10 hits in 5 2/3 IP. He does have a 10-to-1 K-to-BB ratio, which isn't that surprising for Josh Towers when he's not pitching as horribly as he did last year, but his K-rate (10 in 13 1/3) is a little unusual for a fellow such as him.

Adam Loewen does not have a 10-to-1 K-to-BB ratio. He has a 12-to-9 K-to-BB ratio. Loewen has been very lucky to post an ERA under 4.00 so far, as he's thrown 13 2/3 IP over three starts, which just is not going to get it done. Basically, he's shown three starts of his most worrisome aspect: control, and, as a result, endurance. He's had problems with this as long as he's been a pro pitcher, and it doesn't seem to be letting up.

His last start out, when he walked five and got pulled after 3 2/3, looking like an exhausted, bewildered high school sophomore that lost his nerve pitching against the defending regional champs (instead of a major leaguer pitching against the Devil Rays), Loewen had a case of the Too Much Curveballs, in my estimation, and a touch of the Can't Get The Fastballs Overs. With his heater spotty, he went to the curve waaaay too many times. If the Tampa hitters hadn't decided to more or less wait for him to screw himself over, that curve could've been deposited into the seats several times.

What I'm saying is his curve is pretty good, but it's not so good he can pull the string THAT many times and hope to get away with it.

But then, I'm just not the biggest Loewen fan. Loewen and Penn both have never really excited me. But I liked Rocky Coppinger, so what the hell do I know? Actually, maybe the Rocky Coppingers and Brad Penningtons of the world are the reason I don't accept O's pitching prospects. Hmm...

A mystery, yes, but for today, let's just beat Josh Towers.

Last year, Method Man released 4:21... The Day After. I've got it, but I haven't listened to it yet.

Also, I think I'm going to run with an idea that jq higgins had: Manto of the Week. Basically, the crappy Oriole who was a hero this week.