Ricky Romero's final outing for the Bisons was a pretty decent one Sunday night in a 5-4 win at Syracuse, and the Toronto Blue Jays should let him feel good about how things ended for him and let him call it a season.
Romero (left) hasn't pitched nearly good enough to go to the big leagues in September and why let him get boxed around and go into winter with a bad feeling?
Romero made 22 starts for the Bisons, posting a 5-8 record with a 5.78 earned run average. Yuk. Here's the rest of his numbers:
Opponents BA: .303
Total pitches: 1,897
Strike percentage: 58.5
Do those numbers strike you as a guy remotely ready for another try in MLB? No.
Some other storylines for today's 2 p.m. finale in Syracuse:
---Last night's win improved Buffalo's record to 73-70, so the Bisons are ensured of their first winning season since 2010 and just their second in the last six years.
---Bisons MVP Mauro Gomez and Syracuse's Zach Walters are tied for the IL home run lead with 29. Here's a good story from today's Syracuse Post-Standard on some funny byplay between the two Sunday night.
---Hard to believe what happened to Jim Negrych's season. He batted .313 prior to the all-star break -- and is at .206 since returning from Reno. He hit .185 in July and .195 in August before going 2 for 3 Sunday night.
---Norfolk has already started its noon final vs. Durham and can clinch the IL wild-card with a win. Rochester needs a Tides loss and then a win in its finale over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to sneak in. The wild-card winner plays Pawtucket in the first round of the Governors' Cup semifinals, opening Wednesday night. Durham and Indianapolis meet in the other semi.
(Romero photo: James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)