5 Blue Jays the fans are already losing patience with
By Edward Eng
He may have had quite the long leash, but Trevor Richards’ nine lives may be running out soon with the ballclub. He started off his tenure with the Jays in formidable fashion as he firmly stabilized their bullpen after being acquired back in 2021. Unfortunately, the proceeding years of 2022 and 2023 have been a totally different story as he had been consistently inconsistent over that period. Every appearance that he would make would get the fans all nervous, as they didn’t know which version of Richards they would get for that game.
Similarly in 2023, Richards got off to a bad start, then strung together a series of good outings, and now was back to being unreliable again in just over a 15-game stretch. Overall, he has pitched 18 innings, leading to a 4.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, with 11 walks and 28 strikeouts. The numbers may appear somewhat acceptable; however, because of his lack of consistency, he has been frustrating to watch and have lost the trust in the majority of the Jays’ fanbase. With Adam Cimber being activated from the IL soon, in addition to some decent available arms from the minors (think Jay Jackson’s brief successful stint with the big club), Richards will need to turn his game around as soon as possible to keep his remaining life alive with the team.