6. David Cone – 1993
Like David Price, the Blue Jays acquired David Cone for the stretch drive at a trade deadline, this time in 1992. Cone would make seven starts for Toronto, giving them quality starts in his final five outings and then two shutout innings in relief during the final game of the season. The 29-year-old pitcher would start four games that postseason, posting a 3.22 ERA and helping the franchise win their first World Series. Cone would leave in free agency and signed with the Kansas City Royals.
Cone returned to Toronto the following July and he was just as dominant as he was in a Blue Jays uniform, cruising through the first five innings facing just one batter over the minimum. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Blue Jays could get anything going and it was the smooth hitting of Paul Molitor and John Olerud that put runs on the board, with each batter collecting solo home runs to tie the game.
The Blue Jays would add a pair of singles and force a walk to load the bases, but in Cone fashion, he was able to strike out Devon White to get out of the inning. Cone would leave the game tied and earned a no-decision, with the Blue Jays going on to win the game with five runs in the eighth after their former ace left the game.
Pitching Line: 7IP | 6H | 2R | 2ER | 3BB | 2K | 2HR