Ricky Romero would probably love to have back the pitch that Alex Rios knocked out of the park to end his no-hit bid on Tuesday, but it will still go down as the best start of the promising pitcher's young career.
The last time that a Toronto Blue Jays starter had a one-hitter, it was when Roy Halladay went the distance on September 4 of last season against the New York Yankees. Romero is now 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA in five career April starts.
Romero needed just 101 pitches to get through eight innings, which matched the longest start of his short career. The only Chicago White Sox starter that didn't strike out in the game was Rios.
Ten of Romero's career-high 12 strikeouts came via a swinging strike. After Chicago players whiffed at 21 of his offerings on Tuesday, no other pitcher in baseball has induced more swing-and-misses this season than Romero.
What are the odds that Romero's former teammate Alex Rios would be the one to break up the best start of his career? Well, it's happened before fairly recently.
The Elias Sports Bureau found that the last time that a player broke up a no-hitter in the 8th inning or later against a team he played for earlier that season, or in the prior season, was September 22, 2006 when Joe Randa of the Pittsburgh Pirates broke up Chris Young's no-hit bid for the San Diego Padres with a one-out, pinch-hit, two-run HR in the 9th inning in San Diego.
Why Romero Dominated:
- Finished off White Sox hitters: Went to a two-strike count 14 times with 12 of those ending in a strikeout. Only one hitter reached base with two strikes and it was via a walk.
- Threw the most effective changeup of his career: Romero threw his change 23 times compared to eight his last start and man was it effective:
Ricky Romero's Changeup
Tuesday vs White Sox
* Percent of pitches swung at that are out of the zone
** Percent of pitches swung at
*** Percent of pitches swung at which are missed