So we’re moving through the first third of the season. It’s been an interesting one for Oklahomans in the majors. You need to look no further than the case of Brian Tallet, the Midwest City native who has carved out a spot in Toronto’s rotation.
Tallet, who has spent most of his time in the majors as a middle reliever, is 3-3 with with a 4.26 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 61 innings of work. It’ll be interesting to see if Tallet hangs on to his spot once Jesse Litsch returns from his injuries. Either way, he’s proven to be an able body for the Jays.
In Tampa, former OU shortstop Jason Bartlett is still on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ankle. Bartlett is in the middle of a career season with a .373 average with seven homers and 30 RBIs. Bartlett was placed on the DL May 26 meaning he could come off it by the end of next week. In the meantime Tampa has found maybe the hottest hitter in baseball, Ben Zobrist, who has filled in for Bartlett at short and has also seen time in the outfield.