Thursday, June 19, 2014

Super Cheap

I attended a Durham Bulls game about two weeks ago with Jimmy, the owner of Big D's Card Shop.  We had the chance to see the Bulls take on the Pawtucket Paw Sox in what was billed to be a prime time pitching match up between Enny Romero and Anthony Ranaudo.  While Ranaudo is no longer ranked as a Top 100 prospect I have seen him pitch several times and have been quite impressed by the tall right hander.  It was a nice night too.  Here's that Bull fellow.....

Unfortunately the game turned out to be not so great for the Bulls.  Anthony Ranaudo pitched great for Pawtucket pitching 7 innings of 2 hit ball with 7 strikeouts.  Enny Romero?  Not so great.  Three innings, 8 hits, and 6 runs.  Merrill Kelly pitched great in relief, but I hate watching the Bulls lose in a stadium full of Red Sox fans.  It's painful.  

Really, Romero has had an up and down season this year.  During the month of May Enny Romero made five starts.  Three of the starts lasted less than 5 innings including an outing that lasted less than 2 innings where he gave up a grand total of six hits, three walks, and 8 runs.  The start against Pawtucket was bad, but it seems that it may have been a turning point in the season for the talented left handed starter.  

Since the start against Pawtucket Romero has posted two quality starts in a row both lasting six innings with Romero giving up a single run in each game.  It's a start.  I'm going to a few Bulls games in the next week and hope to see a good pitching performance by Romero.  

Meanwhile, it seems like collectors are still banking on the bad version of Romero, but I am counting on the talented pitcher to get a shot with the last place Rays sooner than later.  His autographed cards seem to still be floating near free.  Maybe more in the 99 cent range.  Too cheap.  

Romero has two new autographs out this year and I had neither one until last week when I picked up a copy of his Bowman autograph.  You cannot beat an autograph for less than a dollar (plus shipping) and it's really hard to find one of a guy who's in Triple A, left handed, and throws in the mid 90s.  Pretty good risk picking up a copy of some Romero cardboard.  I just a need a copy of his Prizm autograph and I am all caught up.  

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