We spent the weekend watching Phillies minor league baseball. Particularly watching the starting pitching of lefty Jo Jo Romero and righty Jose Taveras both for the Clearwater Threshers.
On Saturday night in Dunedin, FL., Romero went six shutout innings allowing only one hit, striking out nine. Then late Sunday afternoon Jose Taveras went seven innings, giving up only one run on a homer and also striking out nine.
Both of them have similar stuff, low 90’s fast balls to go with low 80’s off speed pitches.
Both of them have to be on top of their games and have little margin of error. The Threshers have little offense. The team scored only four runs combined in the two weekend games against the Blue Jays, winning 3-0 Saturday night and losing 2-1 Sunday in the bottom of the ninth.
Romero has been a welcome addition in his two starts for the punchless Threshers since coming up from the Sally League, He has pitched 12.1 inning, allowing no earned runs and striking out 19.
Taveras is a workhorse pitching a rare nine inning complete game earlier in the season. He now leads the FSL in innings pitched. Also in the league, he has the the fifth lowest ERA at 2.37, the sixth lowest WHIP, and is seventh in strikeouts. In his last two games he has struck out 15 in 14 innings.