Blue Jays: Combining generations for an all-time pitching staff
Earlier in the week we looked at an all-time Blue Jays lineup if you combined all generations of the team. What would the pitching staff look like?
Since we don’t have any real baseball to watch, many of us have been getting our baseball fix by watching classic games of our favourite team, with many Blue Jays games being aired on Sportsnet lately.
Watching some of these old games has got me thinking about all kinds of “fantasy” questions, including what a team made up of the best Blue Jays of all time would look like. I ended up writing an article about what that lineup and bench could look like earlier in the week, and as promised, I’d like to take a stab at the all-time pitching staff as well.
Just as there was with the lineup, there are some obvious cases of who would make the team, and then plenty of arguments for some of the final spots. Once again, I tried to avoid having too much of a recency bias, and to that end I even spent time digging into the pitching stats from the 80’s, and even the late 70’s, and hopefully all generations of the Blue Jays are properly represented.
As I did in the article about the lineup, I also included a peak season for each pitcher. I didn’t base all of the choices off of just that one season, but instead tried to focus on each player’s peak as a Blue Jay, while using that top season to reinforce the argument.
Without any further adieu, let’s have a look at who I’ve selected for my all-time Blue Jays pitching staff.