The J-Train’s Second Stop
It’s a good thing that Josh is heading back to the rotation. Obviously whatever he was huffing out there while we declined to use him for weeks at a time has started to erode his already-fragile brain:
“I liked the reliever role a lot,” Towers said. “I fell in love with it for some reason. I think it’s the preparation of being ready every day.”
What, you LIKED warming up all the time (mostly when our hitters needed to be terrified into tacking on a few insurance runs) but never coming in to pitch?
“There were many times I wanted to ask, ‘What’s my role?’ or, ‘Can I pitch more?'” Towers said. “But it’s not really my job to do that. We have games to win, and I’m just happy I was able to be successful when I was able to pitch.”
Ummm…you were terrible out of the bullpen, Josh. You allowed a run an inning and at least 1 HR your first three appearances and then we “lost” your number. Ok, you got better. But your ERA was still over 6 out there. Having a winning record doesn’t count- we only put you in that game because we thought it, like all the others, was hopelessly out of reach either way.
“I don’t feel any added pressure,” Towers shrugged of the Jays’ history of having little patience for even one bad outing. “I feel I pitched well out of the bullpen. That’s why if they have a short leash or we don’t score any runs, or whatever the (crap) was that went on in the past, it’s irrelevant, because I can relieve now. I can just go out and pitch.”
I think what he’s saying here is it wouldn’t really bother him if he got shelled and was sent back to the bullpen. Because he likes it out there. And he did so well. And he still has half a can of paint to inhale. That is NOT the optimistic “ready to go, skip!” sound bite we were hoping for there, Josh…