The Toronto Blue Jays have been decimated by injuries to their starting staff.
It has actually been quite the impressive run, as their second, third, fourth and fifth starters to open the season have all left their starts this month with injury.
To make matters worse, three of those four won’t return anytime soon.
So the question remains, can the Blue Jays contend this season with their leaky rotation?
Let me paint a picture for you.
Over the last week or so, here is who the Blue Jays have started:
- A pitcher with a career 5.58 ERA
- A pitcher that has given up nine runs in nine innings in two career starts
- A pitcher that holds a career BAA of .272 and a career ERA over 4.50
- A pitcher that has made six starts since the end of the 2009 season and boasts a 1.50 career WHIP
- A pitcher that has given up 30 earned runs in his last 40 innings pitched
- A pitcher that boasts an ERA of 4.94 this season
Can the Blue Jays actually contend in the AL East?
It is for this reason that they brought in Jamie Moyer to hopefully eat up some innings, because they are going to disrupt their solid bullpen and overuse their arms if this run continues.
As fellow FC Alec Dopp states in his "5 Potential Deals for Zack Greinke" article, the Blue Jays need to make a move and grab some starting pitching.
The worst part for the Blue Jays is that Kyle Drabek is done for 18 months, Drew Hutchison possibly the year and Brandon Morrow another two months.
This rotation is not going to be fixed overnight.
Moreover, they do not want to force up young pitchers who aren’t ready to pitch in the bigs (Chad Jenkins, Deck McGuire, Noah Syndergaard).
At the end of the day, the Blue Jays cannot compete with this rotation, and Alex Anthopoulos had better be working to make a move soon before they lose too much ground in the AL East.
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