No matter what he tried it didn’t work. This being the American League East where the Blue Jays have to face Boston 18 times a year, it behooved Romero to start doing something about it. He did. In his last three starts, two in September 2011 and again on Wednesday, he is 3-0 with a 2.74 ERA, allowing 14 hits and six walks over 23 innings.
“The answer is simple,” he said Wednesday afternoon, after a masterful 8.1 innings of three-hit, two-walk, one-run baseball in a 3-1 Blue Jay win over Boston to give Toronto a 2-1 series win in front of 25,285 at Rogers Centre.
“I started throwing strike one. You have to make them beat you. Before, I used to try to do too much against this team and walks just killed me."
“These guys are so tough to pitch to, you’ve just got to keep them off-balance.”
I don't have much of a response. Romero did what he couldn't do in the past and shut down the Sox. The Jays have something to celebrate and it will be short-lived when the Sox pull out of their annual early April slump and the Jays go on their annual slide.