Former Blue Jays No. 1 starter Ricky Romero hit rock bottom Monday in his start for the triple-A Buffalo Bisons against the Durham Bulls. Romero, the former "ace" of the Jays staff, lasted just two-thirds of an inning. He allowed eight earned runs on five hits, including one home run. He faced 10 batters, threw 32 pitches, just 13 of which were strikes. He issued three walks, didn't strike out a batter, and had just one swing-and-miss. The final three batters Romero faced saw 12 balls -- including nine in a row -- and just one strike. Where Romero goes from here is anybody's guess but it's hard to imagine he can sink lower than where he finds himself right now. MAN ON FIRE 1 After a sluggish April in which he hit just .200 (15-for-75), Jose Bautista has put together a terrific May. Heading into Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves, Bautista in May was hitting .383 (31-for-81) with a .490 on-base percentage and a .593 slugging average. Bautista had reached base safely in 18 of his last 28 plate appearances and since April 23, he had reached base safely in 28 of his past 30 games. Over that span he was hitting .340 (36-for-106) with seven doubles, seven home runs, 19 RBIs and a 1.055 OPS. MAN ON FIRE II DH/1B Adam Lind went 2-for-5 in the Blue Jays' big comeback win on Sunday, which marked his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. It was also his sixth multi-hit game in his last 10 contests. Entering play Monday, Lind had hit safely in 24 of his past 28 games dating back to April 14, which just happens to be my birthday, the day that the Titanic hit the iceberg and the day that U.S. President Lincoln was shot. Over that time, Lind had an 1.027 OPS with an on-base percentage of .452 that was fueled by him logging 16 walks. He also was hitting .356 (31-for-87) over that stretch.
Ricky Romero can't last an inning
Toronto Sun | May 28