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Let Romero call it a season and other thoughts on the Bisons' finale today in Syracuse

RickyBy Mike Harrington

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:

IP: 113.2
H: 136
R/ER: 81/73
BB: 63
K: 81
HR: 11
Opponents BA: .303
Total pitches: 1,897
Strikes: 1,110
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)


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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