Romero's Season Debut In GIFs, Tweets And A Chart

BY @DANTOMAN

Ricky Romero made his season debut on Friday and, unfortunately, it wasn't the feel-good story Blue Jays fans were hoping for.

Perhaps it went better than expected early on, but by the end of his abbreviated outing, his first start of 2013 included a little bit of the good, bad, and painful (pretty much in chronological order, too).

You don't wish these kinds of outings on any pitcher, and Romero is no exception.

First, some inside the numbers stuff via Brooks Baseball, and then Ricky Romero's 2013 debut by way of GIFs and Tweets.

Line: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 4 Ks, 1 HR, 70 pitches (38 strikes)

Pitch count by inning: 1st (13), 2nd (10), 3rd (10), 4th (37)

Usage: 37 fastballs (26 4-seam, 11 2-seam), 31 changeups, 2 curveballs

Swinging strikes: 4 changeups, 1 4-seam

Velocity chart

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The Good (Pregame through 3rd inning)

Preparation

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Anticipation

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Comic relief

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Gibby

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First strikeout of the year

romeromorse Second strikeout of the year

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Life is good


And then the 4th inning (The Bad)

Control

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Home run

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The Painful

Finger

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Comebacker (way to stay with it, though)

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Postgame


Context


[Animation via ROOT Sports/Sportsnet]

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