Mill Walkie — For everyone to end the baseball game It's not a good thing. For relief pitchers with electric stuff.
It's not necessarily the last pitch, it's always about adopting the idea of reminding yourself that it's as good as the best pitch.
If that's the hardest part of the closer game, the Blue Jays relief Jordan Romano feels he's getting closer to mastering the approach. Just as it cools players like the embarrassed Toronto pitching staff, it's an attitude that has helped the natives of Markham, Ontario.
So, on a rare outing where he sways — as he did in Chicago last week — Romano rolls on it.
"It's like the beginning of the season. You know that you don't always have a smooth voyage," Romano said in an interview here at the American Family Field. "There are rough stuff and rough weeks, so I hope they won't be surprised at me when they happen this year.
"Of course, I want to go all year long without blowing away or making bad saves, but that's going to happen. Sometimes when I expect it, I'm going to move on. It's a little easier. "
Of course, Jaze wants the opportunity to save the game closer. This is a sure sign of a better era. But as things are going on with the recent start of rotation, those opportunities are too few and in the meantime.
As you can imagine, Romano didn't downplay the recent blow-safe. This off-out resulted in a 12-inning defeat to the White Sox in Chicago last week.
But he also doesn't intend to stick to mistakes.
This approach is combined with a fastball that plays with extra life that has helped Romano become one of the game's elite closers over the last two seasons. His 17 saves, which took part in Sunday's action, are the most tied up in AL, and his recent workload has been lightened.
Therefore, when I received the next call from manager Charlie Montoyo to lock down the game, the Chicago meltdown wouldn't have happened.
"He was able to recover pretty well from the outing because I think he understood the role," said pitching coach Pete Walker. "He found a way to deal with his niche and closer beings.
" That's the hardest part of relief, especially when the game is in progress. It's hard to try to figure it out. It won't be perfect during the season. It's impossible. He figured out how to prepare for the next. "
Clarify Because of that, Romano doesn't completely dismiss what goes wrong with going off. He makes appropriate reports, checks for mechanical things that can be tweaked, and then files them for later reference.
"I'll take some keys from the last match. I need to do better, or I've done it, that's all," Romano said. "Don't stick to it. To be honest, I haven't looked at it in great detail. It's almost self-explanatory because I didn't feel my best and didn't go on strike like I did last time.
"The next outing is just going out and throwing more strikes, don't let the guy walk. I generally see it that way. I don't dive into too many things.
"You can really get caught up in it, but for me it's not the way."
Romano's main focus is physically correct for the grind of 162 games. It is to keep the state. The 2021 season was his first crack, and there are lessons learned in the process.
"I think that's the key. It's 162," Romano said. "The biggest thing is trying to keep your body going through them all, and I think it's a lot of work.
" In the weight room, training room A lot of work. Getting a good night's sleep. Eating properly. That's a lot. Your life revolves around your next outing. It's not just one thing, it's all.
Walker understands his commitment from Closer and the benefits that come with it.
"He clearly built an incredible routine over the last two years, and this year," Walker said. "His professionalism ... he knows what he wants to do every day, and this year is his professionalism. He knows what he wants to do every day and to achieve what he needs to achieve. Sticking to it. ”
Staying healthy is at the top of the priority list. Romano has undergone off-season surgery to repair his knee and he feels ready to deal with the rigors of the long season.
"I just want to stay healthy and stay away from (the list of injuries)," Romano said. "I feel good and strong now. I know that if you stick to it, it will be a good and productive season."
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