Every Jays fan immediately felt a gaping void in the team’s pitching rotation the minute Roy Halladay was traded from the Blue Jays to the Phillies. We all wondered who was going to step-up, thrown-down, lay it all on the line, lock and load, load and lock and be ‘the man’ in the rotation.
Right now, we have two pitchers vying to be ‘the man;’ Ricky Romero and Shaun Marcum. I’d compare them to wine sampling, ice cream parlours or Jamba/Booster juice? Jays fan always have their flavour of the month. Romero or Marcum? Apples and Oranges. Pumperknickel and French Stick. Beatles and Stones. Murphy and Murray. Justin and Kelly. Bowersow and DeWyse. Ti-Cats and that other team. Blue Jays and …. Apples and Oranges. You get a different answer for our ace depending on what Jays fan you talk to. Many prefer the smooth, classic taste of Romero and Marcum like a Merlot or Pinot Grigio. Some might even like Brett Cecil as it stands currently, but you wouldn’t want to rely on a Rose or Zinfandel would you?!
Ricky Romero has burst on the scene with some devastating pitches and a lot of ‘rookie’ hype. He has been extroadinarily impressive. However, I see Shaun Marcum as the guy that ‘stealing the show’ right now. Marcum has the advantage over Romero in experience. He truly has excellent control, command and works an exceptional array of pitches keeping hitters off balance. Watching Marcum pitch this season has been a delight. This is his season to become ‘the man’ of the Jays staff. He is on the verge of a ‘breakout’ year, in my opinion. Free wine tasting tip: Shaun Marcum is Pinot Grigio. Marcum/Grigio is always a good choice.