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The Toronto Blue Jays boast one of the strongest bullpens in all of baseball and now have the ability to shutdown the opposition from the seventh inning on.
Without a doubt, the ninth inning belongs to flame-thrower Sergio Santos, who the club acquired during the off season in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.
Last year, he went 4-5 and recorded 30 saves in 36 opportunities. He registered 92 strikeouts in 63.1 innings, and the opposition batted just .181 against him.
Former Cincinnati Red’s closer Francisco Cordero will serve as the club’s set-up man. With 327 career saves, he offers the Jays plenty of experience and is another option to close out games if Santos is unavailable.
From the seventh inning onwards, the Jays can use one or a combination of Casey Janssen, Jason Frasor or Darren Oliver.
Last season, Janssen held the opposition to a .228 batting average, while posting a 2.26 ERA. He also struck out 53 batters in 55.2 innings.
Jason Frasor was reacquired from the Chicago White Sox for minor leaguers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb.
In 64 games with the Jays and White Sox, he worked 60 innings and posted a 3.60 ERA. He struck out 57 batters and held opponents to a .257 average. However prior to being traded, he appeared in 44 games with the Jays and posted a 2.98 ERA in 42.1 innings.
Darren Oliver will be the club’s primary option to get tough left-handed batters out. The 41-year old appeared in 61 games for the Texas Rangers last season. He posted a solid 2.29 ERA in 51 innings of work and held the opposition to a .236 batting average.
He appears to be getting better with age as he’s been able to lower his ERA for five consecutive years. From 2007 to 2011, he’s posted ERAs of 3.78, 2.88, 2.71, 2.48, and 2.29.
"He's minimized the damage," said Blue Jays manager John Farrell. "The command to his breaking ball has gotten so good. He has been able to sink the ball in on left-handers a little bit more routinely. It's like anyone else, they continue to evolve and know themselves better as a performer, and that's clearly been the case that bares out in the stats."