The Blue Jays' bullpen is legit.
For a group that's been pretty shaky to start the season, this bullpen was utterly dominant in the three-game sweep of the Mets. While the Mets have not been performing up to their expectations heading into the season, the club still features a lineup full of threats from top to bottom.
Chris Bassitt put together one of his best outings as a Blue Jay on Friday before turning it over to the 'pen. Tim Mayza, who has quietly been one of the best relievers in the league this year, came in and struck out the final batter in the 8th inning before turning it over to Jordan Romano who slammed the door for his 14th save.
In Saturday's victory, each of Trevor Richards, Nate Pearson and Romano combined to finish out the final three innings of the contest. Richards in particular has experienced a massive turnaround on the mound, rebounding in a huge way. The right-hander has lowered his ERA From 5.14 to 3.24 in just under a month of games.
Sunday was the only game of the series in which any relief pitchers allowed a run. Pearson surrendered two home runs in his inning of work before turning it over to Adam Cimber, Erik Swanson and Romano, who combined to throw three shutout innings to round things out.
At times this year, the Blue Jays bullpen has been about as reliable as Alek Manoah has been on the mound. In case you haven't been following along closely, that is not very reliable ... at all.
Most of the arms in the 'pen have done a great job at limiting excess baserunners, especially lately. Romano and Swanson have been an absolutely perfect duo at the back end of the group, while Mayza, Pearson and Richards are all equally trustworthy arms.
Like all bullpens, there are some weak(er) links. Yimi García, Adam Cimber and Anthony Bass have all been troublesome at times but all of them have a lenghty track record of being successful at the game's highest level.
Entering the new week, Blue Jays relief pitchers now ranked 5th in the league in WHIP, K/9 and H/9, marks that should only get better as the season rolls on and the winning ways continue.