Jumping to Conclusions – April Edition
Starters have been on fire
The Blue Jays starting pitching staff has been off to a strong start. The rotation has been better than advertised thus far with the lone exception being the typical slow start for R.A. Dickey.
Marcus Stroman has looked every bit like the ace he needs to be and leads the team with four wins and a staff best .95 WHIP. J.A. Happ has picked up right were he left off with the Pirates, too. Happ has pitched 32 .2 innings and has only allowed 10 earned runs which gives him a solid 2.76 ERA.
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Marco Estrada is in looking like force he was in the playoffs now that he is healthy and continues his winning ways. Aaron Sanchez has been everything that would could have hoped for through his first five starts. He currently owns a 2.59 ERA through 31.1 innings and he leads the team in strikeouts with 29.
The staff has been lights out and is eating a ton of innings through the month of April. The rotation has pitched the most innings in all of baseball with 164 innings. This has minimized the amount of wear on the bullpen as they have yet to find their groove. Another astonishing stat is that they also are ranked 8th among starters in opposing batting average with .238. This shows that not only are they pitching deep into games but they are missing bats and benefitting from solid defence.
The starting rotation is clearly the MVP of the season so far.