TORONTO - When informed of Joe Maddon’s diss, Ricky Romero looked pissed.
Prior to the game Maddon, the colourful manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, told the media that if he had nine left-handers he could bat against Romero, he’s use them.
It’s no secret that Romero, even though he’s left-handed, has more trouble against lefties than righties. Last season, right-handers batted .194 against him while lefties hit him at a .269 clip.
Romero knows he has problems as well and worked hard through spring training at developing secondary pitches to use against left-handers.
On Tuesday, Romero’s mechanics were off but he collected the win. But he wasn’t too happy with Maddon’s comments.
“He can start nine guys for all I care,” Romero said. “I really don’t care what he has to say or what his mindset is against me. If he has nine lefties against me I’ll find a way to win, that’s just the bottom line.
“There’s been days when those guys have been successful against me from the left side and there’s been days when I’ve come out on top. Like I said, he can do whatever he wants. I’m not worried about that, I’ll just go out there and pitch.”
Two of the three runs the Rays scored against Romero were driven in by left-handers.