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  1. Perhaps he could “lead” the Jays to a top-5 draft pick, or close to it.

    Comment by Woodman — August 22, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

  2. I watched this entire game, but most of it was through the blurred vision of tears. The 2012 Blue Jays make me sad.

    Comment by Josh A — August 22, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

  3. 2012, the year Murphy’s Law took a dump on the Blue Jays.

    Comment by Damaso's Burnt Shirt — August 22, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  4. *Sigh*

    Comment by Darryl — August 22, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

  5. Jose Molina would have framed that third GIF as a strike.

    Comment by Ed — August 22, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

  6. It looks like he has zero confidence and is just trying to aim the ball in the last three gifs. I still can’t believe how far this guy has fallen in just one year, he looks like a shell of his former self

    Comment by Sean — August 22, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

  7. I think Jeff is right that Romero’s struggles aren’t because his “stuff” is gone – it seems to still be there. And having watched almost all of Romero’s starts this year, it appears to me that whatever mechanical and control problems are plaguing Romero are due primarily to fear, severe anxiety or even depression that snowballs after each disastrous start.

    With Zach Greinke’s past struggles, and Aubrey Huff going on the DL this year to deal with anxiety, I hope that the culture surrounding psychological struggles in baseball is changing and players aren’t subjected (and don’t subject themselves) to the old school tough guy bullshit, when not addressing these problems could very well destroy their careers and wreak longterm havoc on their psyches.

    Comment by sk — August 22, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

  8. Dreams wistfully of the alternate universe where Toronto took Tulowitzki instead of Romero…..

    Comment by Sheldon — August 22, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

  9. How in Felix’s holy name did Sid Hudson manage to only allow 2 runs while allowing 6 hits and walking 12 in 8 2/3rds innings? 16 runners stranded? How often does that happen?

    Comment by Nadingo — August 22, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

  10. Wait I’m confused – “In terms only of walks and strikeouts, this is the ugliest start ever.” But then the rest of the paragraph is devoted to listing uglier starts? (worse in terms of BB’s and K’s, that is)

    Comment by Jason B — August 22, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

  11. Never mind – “this” referring to the linked game discussed in the next sentence, not “this” as in “this Romero start.” I stand (self)-corrected.

    Comment by Jason B — August 22, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

  12. I was at this game last night. In a way, it may have been just as frustrating to watch as a tigers’ fan.

    9 bb (including the one from Lincoln), 0 k, 2 errors (with another horrible fielder’s choice decision, so essentially 3 errors), 5 runs! I was going to flip out of the tigers blew this game in the later innings, which they almost did.

    I couldn’t believe how many times farrell left romero out there in a jam, and almost every time it worked!

    Comment by The Nicker — August 22, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

  13. I was confused as well, until I realized that the “ugliest start ever” referred to was what the text was linking to, not Romero’s start.

    Comment by Rob — August 22, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

  14. Ace, they (friends) said.

    Comment by Coodle — August 22, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  15. Romero good buy low opp?

    Comment by Spike — August 22, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  16. You can “see” confidence in a gif? Awesome. Are there other mental-state attributes that are visible to you? Like, can you see Ricky’s repressed regret over breaking up with Miss USA?

    Comment by bc — August 22, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  17. That makes me wonder what the record is for greatest number of baserunners stranded in a 9 inning game by a starter? I have no idea where to look that up.

    Comment by Atari — August 22, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

  18. HA! I’m surprised it took this many comments to get to this one. Romero should have ‘Not-Tulowitzki’ on the back of his jersey.

    Comment by Big Jgke — August 22, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  19. Edwin Jackson and Shaun Marcum sure would look good in the Jays rotation next year.

    Comment by Big Jgke — August 22, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

  20. Are you diagnosing a serious mental health issue based on how well someone can play baseball? Maybe Romero doesn’t throw enough strikes because he suffers from a “severe” anxiety disorder. But is that the most likely explanation? Wouldn’t you need to clinically assess him first before concluding that? Not to mention fingering him for depression as well.

    Comment by bc — August 22, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

  21. I prefer to believe there is no alternate universe where the Mariners still take Jeff Clement over Tulowitzki, therefore your alternate universe cannot exist.

    Comment by dnc — August 22, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  22. Were they all stranded, or were some erased via double play and/or caught stealing?

    Comment by dnc — August 22, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

  23. There’s plenty of opportunity to buy him low, sure.

    Comment by dnc — August 22, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  24. Great, another typical hater piece form Fangraphs. Just wait until the Blue Jays are stomping over the rest of baseball. Haters

    Comment by Trenchtown — August 22, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  25. Based on Romero’s change-up over the last few starts, I’d say it’s pretty clear he has unacknowledged anger towards his father based a rivalry stemming from juvenile pyscho-sexual desire for his mother. Also, his release point is a little off.

    Comment by Dr. Baseball Freud — August 22, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

  26. How is this a hater piece? Ricky was mediocre to start the year and rode the wave of run support to get 8 wins. Since then, he has devolved into being terrible. He has moments where his control completely deserts him and last night is just another example.

    Comment by siggian — August 22, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  27. Well the Jays should definitely do something before this becomes a mental problem. Getting shelled relentlessly can’t be good for your confidence.

    Comment by Mario Mendoza — August 22, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  28. Omar Vizquel has Cotard Syndrome. Book it.

    Comment by Gabby — August 22, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  29. Doubt AA sells him though. The Jays need pitching in 2013 and removing RR just adds another hole for AA to fill.

    I think the Jays are just going to stick with RR and hope he figures it out between now and next April.

    Comment by siggian — August 22, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

  30. He only walked 3 through 5 innings, then 9 after that. Clearly this guy had gotten tired. His teammates should have sent a text message stating their anger at the manager for leaving him in too long.

    Comment by Pinstripe Wizard — August 22, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  31. In all variations of all possible universes, Bill Bavasi is terrible, and therefore, so are his Mariners. He’s a universal constant. Like Pi.

    Comment by Big Jgke — August 22, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

  32. That first pitch .gif looks extremely close to a strike.

    Comment by Big Jgke — August 22, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  33. I regret nothing. Speak for yourself.

    Comment by Ricky Romero — August 22, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

  34. Imagine Morrow and Santos and Hutch stay healthy and Romero pitches like the past 2 years.

    Comment by Matty Brown — August 22, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

  35. Romero’s post game interview was depressing, he sounded and looked small and shattered.

    This whole Jays season really makes me wonder about how the team will respond, injury-wise, in 2013. I hope it isn’t more of the same.

    Comment by Radivel — August 22, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  36. I like to imagine I’m a viking.

    Comment by Batts — August 22, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  37. I think you mean the two years previous to this one. In the past two years, he’s been pretty bad in one of those.

    Comment by Radivel — August 22, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

  38. I can live with 8 BB (not really) but walking Delmon Young is almost statistically impossible. Even for RR.

    Comment by ALEastbound — August 22, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

  39. Now that you mention it, that seems like a plausible explanation for him throwing that changeup like a little girl lol

    Comment by Sean — August 22, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

  40. Not at the expense of two quality cost controlled everyday position players. Especially one with the upside of Lawrie.

    Comment by ALEastbound — August 22, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

  41. You don’t regret nothin Ricky? Oh yah? How come you texting me like 100 times a day? You’re so over me that why you were standing on my lawn crying like a baby Thursday night? And why you calling my mom for? She can’t do nothin for you. Stop writing sh*t on baseball sites and grow up. ?????

    Comment by Miss USA Rima Fakih — August 22, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

  42. Imagine Morrow is healthy and Ricky is a robot like in that Twilight Zone episode and he strikes out everyone he faces. That would be cool.

    Comment by Jake — August 22, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

  43. Imagine Romero’s arms grew to 60 feet long so when he releases the ball it’s right in front of the batter. He would be impossible to hit. He’d be even better than that robot.

    Comment by Folgermann — August 22, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

  44. I dunno, Romero with his 60-foot arms flopped out on the diamond like limp fire hoses would mean he couldn’t field anything and his infielders would be tripping over them all the time. Just trying to walk out of the club house with those massive noodles dragging behind him would be tough, with the arms getting tangled up in chairs and knocking the ballboy down.
    Robot Romero > Long Arm Romero

    Comment by Jake — August 22, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

  45. For those of us who didn’t study abnormal psychology (or watch a recent episode of “CSIIS and Order: New Miami”):

    Comment by LTG — August 22, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

  46. But there must be possible worlds in which he was never born and, so, is not the GM of the Mariners.

    Comment by LTG — August 22, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

  47. This is a parody of that Angels fan post from Jeff’s first Fangraphs article, right?

    Comment by tanbarkie — August 22, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

  48. im not diagnosing anything. im suggesting giving the guy a break and getting him some help beyond just berating him about his release point. not just piling on and saying how terrible he is. this is a human being. not just a stat line on a baseball card.

    Comment by sk — August 22, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

  49. Yes

    Comment by Trenchtown — August 22, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

  50. you realize that pitcher’s have brains don’t you? and that such a thing as confidence exists in this brain thing? and that the Blue Jays coaching staff have repeatedly talked about Romero lacking confidence? guess not… yeah just tell him to fix his release point. im sure they haven’t thought of that yet.

    Comment by sk — August 22, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

  51. This year has been a mysterious sudden return to Ricky’s less than stellar AA career.

    Comment by everdiso — August 22, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

  52. There would also be possible worlds were Bavasi is born and GM of the Mariners but drafts Tulo anyway. E.g., the possible world where Tulo is Bavasi’s beloved adopted son and is drafted out of nepotism; or the possible world where Bavasi has Tourette’s and accidentally says “Tulowitizki” when he means to draft someone else. So the logical necessity “Bavasi is terrible” does not entail Jeff Clement being drafted by the Mariners in every universe. Just in most of them. Which unfortunately (for those in Seattle) includes the one we inhabit.

    Comment by Jake — August 22, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

  53. That boxscore was indeed amazing. Three of the Tigers seven hits were by their starting pitcher. Two runs on 20 baserunners, and they didn’t even hit into a double play. And the ten innings only took 2h25m!!!

    Comment by Dainer's Hubris — August 22, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

  54. I think Big Jgke was referring to the fact that both Marcum and Jackson are free agents after this season, not bemoaning their respective trades.

    Comment by UKJaysFan — August 22, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

  55. Has anyone really analyzed his release point? I looked at about four games, two from last year, when he was good and two from this year when he has been bad. It looked like the release point was higher last year.

    Comment by bluejaysstatsgeek — August 24, 2012 @ 1:15 am

  56. Of course as FA’s, the fact that they were both previously Jays is coincidental.

    Comment by Big Jgke — August 24, 2012 @ 11:32 am

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