Sep 22, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Getting Specific About Blue Jays Needs

Everyone knows the Blue Jays top priority this offseason is to get good starting pitching that can compete in the American League East.

But what exactly makes a starting pitcher good?

The Blue Jays starting pitching staff gave up 136 home runs last year. Only the Orioles and White Sox gave up more.

It seemed like during all of 2013 the Jays were losing games because of starters giving up ill-timed home runs, a very annoying way to lose games.

So they need starting pitchers with a low career fly ball rate. In the American League East all the ball parks are hitters ball parks, so the less fly balls a pitcher gives up the less home runs he’ll surrender pitching in this division.

The Jays also need starting pitchers with a low career walk rate because all the lineups in the AL East are patient, so the last thing the Jays need is someone who’s going to get themselves into trouble.

They also need pitchers with a low fly ball rate.

It would also help if they got starting pitchers with a high strikeout rate. It’s harder for the opposition to get on base if they can’t put the ball in play.

Have I mentioned the Blue Jays need to target starting pitchers with a low fly ball rate.

They also need a catcher that can play decent enough defense, hit and get on base enough for a league average catcher, who’s maybe even good at pitch framing.

It would also be great if they could acquire starting pitchers with a low fly ball rate.

It would also serve the Jays well to get a 2nd basemen that can hit, get on base and play good defense. It would really help if he was fast learner to learn how to play on the Rogers Center turf. You probably don’t want a guy that’s going to take a month or two to learn to handle it. Maybe a 2nd basemen who has enough experience playing on turf or experience in general to make the adjustment.

Starting pitchers with a low fly ball rate would rate would be fantastic too.

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  • justin

    Is this article supposed to be a joke? Horrible quality writing.

  • Justin Jay

    To Josh’s defense, the points aren’t wrong. But Josh, what you’re saying would be ideal, but the sport isn’t ideal. So in free agency, there’s a reason why certain players are let good. It’s like buying a used car. You get excited, it’s new to you, and probably runs better than the one you got, but you buy it as is and it has it’s own set of problems… high mileage, wear and tear, fixed damaged parts, a blown cylinder… you get the point.

    AA thinks he can find the teams fix through free agency. There are some guys worth looking at, but everybody is going with sexy names. Dioneer Navarro is a guy worth looking at. If we can’t make a trade for a 2B, Infante has become a popular name lately around baseball, so for financial purposes, it might be worth keeping goings.

    As far as groundball pitchers go, this staff automatically takes a hit from the fact their ace is a knuckleball pitcher. Their #2 was a guy that has a FB that tops out at 85 MPH and relies on location and deception to be effective. His career numbers vs the AL East are atrocious. Then after that, it’s anybody’s guess. Toronto fans sound like they’ve fallen in love with Redmond as a #5. He pitched well but you could see the mistake pitches. His FB has movement, but it’s low 90s and he leaves it up in the zone. He’ll pay for that next year. Toronto could consider Tim Hudson. He’s old, coming off a bad ankle injury, but is that low flyball rate pitcher you’re talking about. Somehow though Josh, I don’t think that’s going to make much of a difference in the number of HRs this team gives up.

  • Aidan,Nevins

    We need a 2nd basemen so badly.
    Left field is unanswered, Melky is not a proven player now that the steroids are out of his system.

    Gose is a real asset who can be moved. Colby needs a big fat extension, 7-10 years would be nice but a bit unrealistic.
    Davis and young DJ can be moved for a starter.
    Morrow is a great looking player but we need consistency.

    Overall a 2nd base
    Left field and 3 starters 1 being a prospect.

    • Terry Cullen

      Rajai is a free agent. Mekly had a tumor removed from his spine, so that effected his play. He’ll most likely be playing left, with Gose and Sierra on the bench. And you can forget about the Blue Jays signing 2 starting pitchers, let alone 3. That’s not going to happen. Realistically, it’s going to be :

      1 Second baseman

      1 Catcher
      1 Starting pitcher

      Starting rotation will probably be

      New Guy
      And either Hutcheson, Drabek, Stroman or Romero. They will basically be hoping some of these guys will have bounce back seasons. Maybe a second pitcher will be picked up through a trade, but I doubt it.

  • RyanMueller

    Looking at the starters on the market I would rather leave things the way they are. I would rather try the guys we have in house….guys like Drew, Can’t throw a strike Drabek, Morrow, Pray for a miracle Romero, Redmond, Stroman, Jenkins, Happ, Rogers, and maybe even throw Cecil and McGowan in the mix. Many of these guys maybe be better off in the pen but they could also turn into solid 3-5 guys. I know that everyone wants that true no.1 guy but I thing that these guys should be developed rather than traded for.