Ricky Romero is 0-12 with a 7.98 ERA in his last 13 starts

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Ricky Romero finally created some reason for optimism on August 28 when he tossed seven innings of two-run ball against the Yankees, striking out six and walking two in what was arguably his best start since April.

And then yesterday he threw away whatever progress he’d made and then some by failing to make it out of the second inning against the Rays while coughing up seven runs.

The loss left Romero with a 5.85 ERA in 28 starts, which includes nearly as many walks (90) as strikeouts (110) in 163 innings and is a far cry from the often-dominant lefty who posted a 2.92 ERA last season.

In his last 13 outings Romero is 0-12 with a 7.98 ERA and yesterday the home crowd in Toronto booed him off the field, yet manager John Farrell continues to insist that the Blue Jays have no plans to shut him down.

After the game, Romero told reporters: “Going through something like this I’d never wish upon anyone.”