Jays buzz

MIKE RUTSEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

ON THE SHELF

Although rookie left-handed pitchers Marc Rzepczynski and Brett Cecil are finished for the season they both will remain with the Jays and continue to work on their mechanics under the watchful eye of pitching coach Brad Arnsberg. Although both starters have had their moments and have shown they can pitch at the major-league level they are not automatic selections for next season's rotation. "The only safe kid out there is Ricky Romero," manager Cito Gaston said last night. "He'd have to lose his job. He isn't auditioning for a job (for 2010), he already has one."

NOT LEFT OUT

One of the problem areas for the Jays pitching staff this season -- both starters and relievers -- has been the inability of their left-handed pitchers to post success against left-handed hitters. Left-handed hitters have pounded Romero at a .316 clip while they have hit Cecil for a .295 average. Brian Tallet, who has been in the bullpen and the rotation has a .294 average against lefties while reliever Jesse Carlson has a .260 average and Scott Downs, .269. The lone lefty who has shown success against left-handed hitters is Rzepczynski, who has held them to a .220 average.

HOT STUFF

RHP Henderson Alvarez is the apple of Tony LaCava's eye. Mention Alvarez' name and the Jays assistant general manager lights up. This season at Class A Lansing of the Midwest League, Alvarez, just 19, was 9-6 with a 3.47 ERA in 23 starts. In 1241/3 innings, Alvarez surrendered just one home run, walked 19 and struck out 92.


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