While the Toronto Blue Jays may be more known for their offense, it’s their starting pitching that will determine the team’s success this season.
It’s no secret that a disappointing performance from its starting rotation played a major factor in Toronto’s struggles last season.
Injuries and underperformance were the biggest reasons why that rotation put up a 4.81 ERA, which was 14th in the American League. It also allowed the third-most home runs in the AL with 136.
Heading into the 2014 season, the team will bring back four members from last year’s rotation and will replace the departed Josh Johnson with a player from its minor league system.
So does this mean that the rotation is likely to struggle again this season? Not necessarily.
Three of those four returning starters faced injuries last season that either compromised their performance or caused them to miss starts entirely.
This forced the team to rely on unprepared prospects and minor league veterans to make a significant amount of fill-in starts. These replacement players struggled and contributed greatly to the rotation’s poor numbers.
Provided that its regular starters stay healthy this season, Toronto should see its rotation rebound.
That being said, here’s the Blue Jays’ projected rotation for 2014 with an outlook on each starter.
All stats are from baseball-reference.com
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