The Toronto Blue Jays were saddled with a loss after another poor pitching performance from spot starter Joe Biagini last night in Cleveland. The question begs to be asked, can we finally end the Biagini experiment and assign him to his rightful place back in the Blue Jays bullpen once and for all?
The Blue Jays gave it the old college try in an attempt to procure some additional starting pitching depth, however, the answer is obviously not Joe Biagini and hopefully, the brain trust will have the wherewithal to return him back to a role where he may succeed.
The big right-hander has now surrendered nine runs in two spot starts and sports an inflated 8.10 earned run average. This comes after Biagini faltered for the better part of the 2017 campaign going 2-12 with a 5.73 earned run average in 18 starts while boomeranging back and forth from the rotation to the bullpen.
It is very apparent Biagini does not possess the secondary stuff to fool major league hitters more than once through the batting order. Biagini is better suited being an effective two-pitch pitcher out of the bullpen rather than a subpar four-pitch fringe starter at best.
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The 27-year old has even struggled at the Triple-A level with the Bisons in his three starts this season. He has been touched up for nine runs and a 5.74 earned run average in 15.2 innings of work with the herd.
The Jays rotation has been nothing to write home about this season and they undoubtedly need reinforcements who can jump into the rotation at the drop of a hat. However, the Jays may want to think about giving the likes of Sam Gaviglio– 2.35 ERA in 4 starts with Buffalo, Chris Rowley– 1.80 ERA in 3 starts with Buffalo or even Sean Reid-Foley who has a 1.53 earned run average in five starts with Double-A New Hampshire the ball the next time the need arises.
With the recent struggles and demotion of Danny Barnes, the Jays could look to slot Biagini back into the bullpen and see how he fares over the next few weeks. The Jays could really look to benefit from a similar performance from his rookie campaign in 2016.
The time has finally come to end the Joe Biagini experiment once and for all.