Ricky Romero Is Almost Half-Way to Anthony Young’s MLB Record of 27 Straight Losses
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Ricky Romero has had a brutal season. Lets not lose the sight that he has lost 13 games in row here. He also was 8-1 to start the year. You must look at the numbers though. He was sporting an ERA of nearly 5 when that took place, so he was simply being bailed out by the first half offense. The Jays were killing the ball before the ALL-Star Break. It only has been since the offense dried up with injuries that Romero started tail spinning. Seeing a great young pitcher struggle with confidence is not foreign to the Jays. Roy Halladay nearly through a no-hitter in his first start during his rookie year. The phenom battled serious control issues and was sent back down all the way to A ball in order to fix his mechanics. This ultimately saved Halladay’s career. I am not saying that will have to happen with Romero. He needs to grind through his last few starts. Hopefully he can end the year off on a good note by erasing this losing streak.
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It reminded me of hard-luck loser Anthony Young of the Mets and Cubs back in the early 90’s. This guy was snake bitten to the worst degree for a 2 year stretch and compiled 27 straight losses. He lost 13 games as starter and 14 out of the bullpen. Had the team’s offense just helped him out once, he could have avoided setting the all time record. Take a look at Anthony Young’s career and it shows you just how numbers can be deceiving for a pitcher. He was 15-48 with a respectable 3.89 ERA. That ERA is actually unbelievable if you figure out that the guy played at Wrigley Field and suffered that many losses compared to wins. Some pitchers these days would kill for that lifetime ERA. Heck, he could be signed to a Multi-Year, Multi-Million Dollar contract if he was still pitching in today’s MLB. During his 1-16 campaign in 1993, (The Worst Winning PCTG of anybody with 15 Losses) his ERA was actually even better at 3.77. So I hope whoever reads this can pass it along to their people, that this guy was not a bad pitcher at all as folklore would suggest. Just like Romero is a better pitcher than a guy who has lost 13 in a row!
Before this year, Ricky Romero had a career record of 42-29 (.591) and his ERA was well under 4.00 for his career in a tough AL East Division. The Jays are counting on this guy to be their ace of their staff going forward. As most pitchers will have a down year in their career, maybe this is a blessing that this has all happened in a non-competitive year for the Jays. I would have hated for them to be in serious contention all year, only to have Romero blow it all way by his pitching futility. The guy had a 2.92 ERA last year and that was good for 6th in the League. You don’t just lose all of that skill. It is all mental with the young pitcher right now. I wish the guy all of the best and do not wish to see him approach and dubious record such as Anthony Young did.
If you want to see a comical solution to fixing the problem of ‘losing’, watch the movie ‘The Natural” in which the New York Knights bring in a guy to talk about the effects of losing compared to bodily diseases. In the end, he says ah! But curable. Unfortunately for Young, he never found the secret potion to correcting the problem, will Ricky Romero?
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Posted on September 14, 2012, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged anthony young, chicago cubs, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, mlb, new York, ricky romero, roy halladay, toronto blue jays, twitter, wrigley field. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.