Friday, April 27, 2007
This Tower Did Fall
Josh Towers, riding a wave of positive energy, was electrifying through two innings tonight. He struck out the side to start the game and was just as effective in the next inning. But then Josh Towers circa 2006 showed up to pitch the third. Three home runs on lollipop pitches were surrendered leaving the Jays in a 5-0 hole. Those three pitches were hanging like grapes over the plate where a juice fiend like Sammy Sosa could mash. A finesse guy like Towers cannot afford to make those mistakes.
The Jays offense, kept off balance by Rangers' starter Robinson Tejeda all night, managed to narrow the gap to 5-3 by the seventh, but fell short as the Texas Rangers managed to shut them down in the eighth and ninth innings. This is an all too familiar story for the Jays. They kill the giants of the league, and fold like chairs to second tier teams like Texas. This is not the sign of a playoff team.
In terms of pitching, perhaps at this point we should have a look at Dustin McGowan or David Purcey sooner rather than later this year. Zambrano's miracle seems to have fizzled as predicted and Towers is still and extremely unpredictable.