Matt Shoemaker was coming off a fantastic injury-shortened 2019 campaign which saw him go 3-0 with a 1.57 E.R.A. while limiting hitters to an opponent average of .163 in 28.2 innings pitched.
In 2020, he threw the exact same amount of innings going 0-1 with a 4.71 E.R.A. with an opponent average of .210. You could say he took a bit of a step back in the shortened campaign.
He also started the opening game of the Wild Card round getting yanked after three innings and 35 pitches.
At a time when the Jays rotation wasn’t necessarily a strength and the team was low on pitching depth, Shoemaker was a key member of the team and was considered a leader in the clubhouse which is crucial for a young team.
So, should the Blue Jays re-sign or pass on Shoemaker?
The Jays haven’t exactly seen so much of Shoemaker as his 2019 season was cut short due to an ACL injury and the 2020 season was a short one. To be exact, he’s only made 11 starts over the past two years for the Blue Jays.
While 11 starts is far from a full load of games from a starter, he’s done relatively well in a short sample size posting a combined 3.14 E.R.A.
Shoemaker seemed to enjoy his time with the Blue Jays as he seemingly embraced the role as a leader and when discussing his contract last offseason for arbitration purposes, he was seeking a multi-year deal. Obviously part of it was to benefit himself but also because he liked being a Blue Jay.