Blue Jays need healthy, productive rotation to become contenders

TORONTO – When you look back at the production provided by the Toronto Blue Jays’ rotation to this point in the season, it’s indisputably disappointing.

Injuries weakened the group that led the American League in ERA and innings last year, and the Blue Jays’ depth was exposed when they called on their second tier of starters—Mike Bolsinger, Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence. The resulting 4.48 ERA reflects that inconsistency.

If you look ahead, though, a different picture emerges. Now that J.A. Happ and Francisco Liriano are pitching at full strength again, this group looks capable of more than it has shown to date. That’s essential to the Blue Jays’ chances of turning this season around, since they’ll need steady production from their rotation if they’re going to complete the jump from fringe contender to legitimate playoff threat.

“I like our rotation,” catcher Russell Martin said. “I feel like it’s rare where we have an outing where we get beat up a little bit. I’ve got to tip my cap to our pitchers.”

The Blue Jays’ recently-completed homestand offered a reminder of what this rotation can look like when healthy. Happ built on a strong …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sport

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