Coming off their most productive game of the season, the Blue Jays look to became the latest team to take advantage of Feldman’s struggles as they face the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
Toronto (21-16) opened this three-game set against AL West-leading Texas (20-16) with a 16-10 win Friday night, hitting a season-high five home runs to boost its major league-leading total to 57.
“They can swing it up and down the lineup,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
The Blue Jays had 15 hits, including three-run home runs from Aaron Hill(notes), Travis Snider(notes) and Vernon Wells(notes). Hill returned to the lineup after missing a game due to a sore right hamstring, an injury that kept him out of 15 games earlier this year.
Toronto’s lineup has been potent even though Hill has had a poor start, hitting .184 with three homers after connecting a career-best 36 times last season. He has a chance to build some momentum against Feldman (1-3, 5.84 ERA).
The right-hander has posted a 10.61 ERA in losing each of his two road starts, and is 0-3 with a 7.83 ERA in his last five outings overall. He yielded four runs and six hits in four innings before Texas took the lead for good in a 6-4 win over Kansas City on Sunday.
This is Feldman’s his first road start versus the Blue Jays. He is 0-2 with a 4.81 ERA in four outings against them.
“You wish you could be perfect out there every time, but that’s how you come out of these rough stretches a better pitcher,” Romero said.
The left-hander yielded four runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 9-7 win over Chicago on Sunday. Romero, though, struck out seven, giving him 47 in 47 1-3 innings.
Romero has not gotten any run support in two career starts against the Rangers, going 0-1 with a 1.35 ERA. He’s facing a Texas lineup that is coming off a strong performance, scoring 10 runs for the second time in three games.
The Rangers’ five-run second inning included a three-run double from Nelson Cruz(notes), who was activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day. Cruz, batting .318 with seven homers and 21 RBIs, had been out since April 27 due to a sore right hamstring.
The right fielder hit a career-high 33 homers last year in his first full season. He has four homers and 16 RBIs in his last eight games versus the Blue Jays.