At the beginning of the 2012 season Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow were the only 2 good starting pitchers the Toronto Blue Jays had that they could count on. The rest of the rotation was kids the Jays were grooming for better days.
At the end of the 2012 season after regression or injuries the Blue Jays were left with one starting pitcher they could count on, Brandon Morrow.
At this very moment the Blue Jays are back to being where they were at the start of the 2012 season.
R.A. Dickey and Brandon Morrow are the only 2 starting pitchers the Jays can count on right now.
The Jays can count on Buehrle to eat up innings you got to give him that. But can you really count on him to give you good starts? I don’t mean to sound ambitious, don’t get me wrong, but I know I wouldn’t want him starting an important playoff game.
Ricky Romero has been Johnson’s replacement.
But Ricky has pitched 4.1 innings in TWO STARTS while giving up 7 hits, 6 runs and 5 walks. So he’s going to need to be replaced too. Or the Jays could just keep Ricky in the rotation but at this point that just seems flat out irresponsible.
And while yes Dickey and Morrow are good starting pitchers let’s not forget their playing in the AL East. They’re only human so it’s not guaranteed there going to have good outings or pitch deep into a ball game every start. They’ve already shown us that this season.
The Jays also don’t really have any big league serviceable pitchers in the minor leagues. That’s one of the main reasons Ricky came up to the big leagues before he was ready.
Not knowing who’s going to be in the rotation for the foreseeable future or if they’re even going to be able to do a decent job is an annoying problem we thought we wouldn’t have to deal with that much this year.
Just got to hope everyone in the rotation gets healthy and productive at the same time but for right now we’re back at square one.