Mar 11, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Todd Redmond (58) reacts after he gave up a 2-run home run during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Todd Redmond should not be part of Toronto Blue Jays’ starting rotation

Yesterday’s game in Lakeland, Florida between the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays proves, without a doubt, in this writer’s opinion, that Todd Redmond is not the Jays’ answer for a fourth or fifth starter. Redmond’s four outings show he is good enough for organizational depth. Yes, it is only spring training, but if you are a swingman like Redmond, then results matter.

Redmond pitches well in most of his games, but he gives up too many home runs, like a grandfather who gives out too much candy. In nine innings of work during this spring training, Rogers gave up 11 hits, four home runs and seven earned runs. That is too many taters. He leads the team in offering them up. Yes, it’s spring training, but a 7 ERA at any time is over the top. That is especially true when you are to go head to head for the majority of your games in the AL East.

Redmond finished last season with a 4-3 record and a ERA of 4.32. He beat the Yankees twice. The Jays bested the Yankees only five times in 2013. Redmond pitched 77 innings, had 14 starts, four of which were quality outings. He struck out 76, walked 23 and had a WHIP of 1.31. He kept the opposition batting average to .239.

So what has changed? For the man, nothing much, it is the same Todd Redmond. What is different is that the word is out around the league on the kind of stuff Redmond has. He is ever-exposed. Opposition scouts and coaches have made their notes. They know that Redmond throws fastballs, sliders and change-ups (the latter come in around 82 mph). Redmond’s heater is average, low 90s, and runs in more than it rises. He is a fly ball pitcher, with ground balls coming in around 30 percent. He relies on his fastball (64%) and slider (30%) and throws his change-up about 6 percent of the time.

The charts are out and the opposition batters have him sussed. Last year, Redmond had a 1.52 HR/9 rate. The opposition knows Redmond consistently attacks the strike zone but gets dinged when he elevates his pitches. That is reason he averaged only 5 innings a game last year.

Redmond would do as a starter in the National League East or Central, but not in the AL East. Average or even a little sub-par does not make the grade in this Division.

On a personal note, I hope Mr. Redmond proves me wrong. I really do.

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  • Jay fan since 77

    What are the options now that Santana is gone! Happ? We got Dickey/Buerhle/Morrow [until he gets hurt in game 1 or 2]/Hutchison and then a bunch of AAA/AA pitchers. The Jays are finishing dead last! Summer trade deadline is going to see Reyes, Bautista, Rasmus, Dickey, Buerhle all get traded. Another reset and 10 more years of futility.

    • Davidldls

      Yes, we are coitised.

  • JaysHopeful

    Why are fly-ball pitchers getting recruited for Rogers Centre? (Especially with the defensive talents of the current infield; Lawrie, Reyes, Goins – Encarnacion is no slouch). Sinker/Slider pitchers might do better as swingmen; and we might at least get some very entertaining ground-ball outs. Just need a catcher that is sure to keep the ball down, and can block in the dirt. How’s Navarro doing with that?

    • David Stewart

      Navarro ain’t bad actually. Good question. Santana is an air out guy. He is no loss that way, but we will miss that inning eating.

  • Justin Jay

    I want to preface this with I don’t believe Redmond should be in the rotation… however…
    I think because we’ve seen enough of Happ to know him, that his Spring Training is worrisome. However, we don’t know enough about Redmond to say the same. There could be some things he is working on specifically and he pitched well enough last season to merit at least a look.
    I think it’s worrisome that people want to judge him based off of an outing against the Tigers star studded offense. Who’s going to go in there instead? Hutch looks like a lock right now. But who after that? Nobody’s really looked good against MLB hitters.