Missed expectations and disappointing results
As much as injuries have hurt the bullpen, the arms that have been available to Charlie Montoyo and Pete Walker haven’t performed the way that most of us hoped for or expected.
Outside of Jordan Romano and Tim Mayza, I’m not sure that you could say anybody has outperformed those expectations. As a fan, I think that’s what drives me the most nuts about this whole thing. On paper there is so much talent, and yet it’s been one frustration after another.
I figured this was an area that’s even worthy of recapping just how many relievers have disappointed.
Expectation: Late-inning reliever, possible candidate to save some games
Reality: 5.63 ERA, 1.750 WHIP, -0.3 bWAR, DFA’d on Wednesday
Expectation: Late to middle inning arm, hard-throwing strikeout arm
Reality: 5.46 ERA, 1.429 WHIP, -0.1 bWAR, 28 IP, DFA’d on July 30
Expectation: Late-inning lefty, high leverage candidate
Reality: Injured most of the year, 5.12 ERA, 1.138 WHIP, 19.1 IP, -0.1 bWAR, option to Triple-A
Expectation: Experienced late-inning reliever with closer’s experience, help for Romano
Reality: 7.50 ERA as a Blue Jay
Expectation: Long-man for bullpen, solid right-handed contributor
Reality: 4.71 ERA, 1.405 WHIP, 42 IP, -0.4 bWAR
Expectation: Long-man/spot starter, effective reliever in 2020
Reality: 5.61 ERA, 1.663 WHIP, 33.2 IP, -0.1 bWAR
I could go on, but I think you get my point here. Outside of a handful of reliable contributors, there are times when I truly feel bad for the coaching staff as they try to decide where to turn after they’ve taken their starter out.
Between injuries and disappointing performances, that should be enough on it’s own to make things tough for the Blue Jays bullpen. That said, I’d argue there’s at least one more factor at play here.