Although the Toronto Blue Jays made drastic changes to their pitching staff this offseason, the 2013 edition of their bullpen will have some familiar faces.
Attempting to predict each pitcher’s role in the bullpen and their 2013 stat line is not an exact science. Based on their previous performance and projected roles in the bullpen, we can make an educated guess, but only time will tell how the bullpen performs.
On the official Blue Jays depth chart, there are nine pitchers listed. Each of them will be counted on, as relief pitching has become an increasingly important part of a successful MLB team. Good teams have consistent bullpens, and although they may not get the glory like the starting pitchers, relief pitchers are important in their own right.
The Blue Jays closer, setup man, long-relief pitchers, middle-relief pitchers and specialists are all listed, along with their projected win-loss record, ERA, innings pitched and saves (if applicable). Save for the closer and setup tandem, this lineup has at least one left-handed pitcher and one right-handed pitcher in each role.