The Blue Jays broke their playoff drought back in 2015, a span that hadn’t been touched since the club went back to back as World Series champions in 1992 and 1993. Some great players suited up for the club during that time like Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens, and Carlos Delgado, but the club was not able to break their playoff drought until midway through the 2010’s.
The bread and butter for the club that year was their offense, led by Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion. Behind the plate was veteran Russell Martin and the club bolstered their rotation by acquiring left-hander David Price at the trade deadline, supplementing a group that was led by R.A Dickey, Mark Buehrle, and Marco Estrada (this was the year Marcus Stroman tore his ACL and returned towards the end of the year and Aaron Sanchez spent most of the season on the IL and bullpen). The club also acquired Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies, sending Jose Reyes and a bevy of prospects the other way.
While the club’s playoff dreams came up short in the ALCS against the Kansas City Royals, the eventual World Series Champions, the club finished first in the AL East with their 93-69 record and beat the Texas Rangers in dramatic fashion in the ALDS, putting Bautista into Blue Jays folklore for his bat flip that surely upset fans of the “unwritten rules of baseball”.
Looking back at that season, it is disappointing to see the Jays come up short in the playoffs but the team was solid and made another run in 2016, once again falling in the ALCS but this time to the Cleveland Indians. They were one of the better teams in the AL East at the time and it was a nice change of pace to see other AL East powerhouses like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees hit the golf courses early those years.
While the offense did lead the charge for the Jays, let’s take a trip down memory lane and see where the Blue Jays rotation for the 2015 playoffs are now in their careers.
*To be featured on this list, the pitcher had to have started at least one game in the postseason*