The Toronto Blue Jays (5-1) are sitting atop the American League East thanks to a five-game winning streak after dropping their season opener. Reliever Casey Janssen has been the pitcher of record in three of the last four, including today's 5-2 triumph in Baltimore
. The former member of the Syracuse SkyChiefs
starting rotation (2006) leads the big leagues in wins
despite the fact that he has thrown just 40 pitches.
“I’m able to bring decent stuff every day to the park and then you just try to make pitches," [said Jannsen.] "In the past, it was kind of like I was coming to a gunfight with a knife and this year I feel that I’ve actually got a fighting chance out there.”
Janssen, a 2004 draft pick out of UCLA for the Blue Jays, is on the comeback trail following shoulder surgery that kept him out of baseball for all of 2008. He started from scratch in 2009, starting the season in rookie ball before moving up to AA, AAA, and then eventually back with Toronto. The Jays signed Janssen to a one-year deal this off-season.