As my fellow co-editor, Chris Henderson, wrote yesterday, the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen has really come into its own as of late. Even before the trade deadline acquisitions of Anthony Bass and Zach Pop, the Jays bullpen was starting to figure things out and currently ranks at 14th in the league with their 3.76 ERA.
The club also welcomed back left-hander Tim Mayza into the bullpen yesterday, as the southpaw dislocated his non-throwing shoulder against Minnesota back on August 7th and had made some rehab starts in Buffalo to get back into game shape. Pop was optioned down to AAA in a corresponding move, mostly because he had Minor League options at his disposal.
Over the next week, the Blue Jays schedule softens a bit as they are currently facing the Boston Red Sox before starting a home stand that will see the Los Angeles Angels come to town for a three-game series on Friday before the Chicago Cubs visit for the first time in eight years on Monday, starting a three-game series on Monday and finishing out the month of August.
Another important date to keep in mind is September 1st, as MLB rosters will expand to 28 players, meaning the Blue Jays can select one more pitcher (as they can only have a max of 14 on the squad) and one more position player (or bring up two positions players if they so desire).
All signs are pointing to the Jays potentially bringing back top prospect Gabriel Moreno as they contend for the postseason but they could also select Vinny Capra, Otto Lopez, or Zack Collins, all of whom are currently on the 40-man roster.
The bigger question mark has to do more with the bullpen, as the Jays have a few interesting scenarios at play when it comes to selecting another arm for the relief corps.