Blue Jays go Out of Their Way to Screw Team Canada
If you’ve watched any of the last couple of games, you know that B.C. native Scott Richmond is starting for the Jays tomorrow, since they pan to him in the dugout every couple of at-bats. Great story (read about his barnacle days here), except that it totally screws team Canada who can’t use him and can’t even put another pitcher on the roster this close to the Olympics.
You can hardly blame team Canada for not seeing this coming when Richmond was treading water in AA with an ERA around 5 about a month ago. He was striking out a fair number of guys, but also giving up a lot of home runs. And now due to injuries he’s shot through the system and is just getting a spot start (which would still allow him to play for Team Canada) – J.P. says that he’s here for an “extended look”:
“He’s been pitching really well and it’s an opportunity to get a look at him,” said Ricciardi. “He’s got the hot hand right now and I think we’ll find out what we’ve got.”
I call token Canadian on this one. There’s no need to “get a look” at him so soon, the Jays just need to throw someone in there that they don’t have to worry about rushing and ruining. The only reason that’s no longer Parrish has to be for the (somewhat questionable if you’re a fan of Team Canada) optics. Parrish hasn’t exactly been impressive, but Richmond doesn’t have any experience above AA so he’s not going to be any better (and his hand can’t be that hot coming off his worst start in AAA, where he gave up 4 runs on two dingers in 5 innings).
Incidentally, Brian Wolfe pitched three innings his last appearance for Syracuse, so you can assume that he’s going to get the next kick at the rotation once Richmond gets shelled a couple of times.
Update: Errrr, ok. Evidently the real reason is that Cito wants to keep having a majority of lefties in the bullpen. Well, that makes even less sense…