Coming off of Tommy John Surgery last year, it was uncertain which version of Chad Green the Toronto Blue Jays were going to get. The steady, reliable one the New York Yankees had employed for the past seven years, or unreliable with command issues, which can be an issue after Tommy John Surgery. Luckily for the Blue Jays, so far, it has been the former.
Green had spent the entirety of his seven-year MLB career with the New York Yankees prior to signing a two-year, $8.5M contract with Toronto in the offseason. 10 games into his Blue Jays career, the signing looks like an excellent one so far.
Green was activated from the injured list on September 1st and made his debut on the same day. He struggled in his debut, giving up 4 hits and an earned run in only 0.2 innings pitched, but has been excellent since, with the exception of the 10-0 loss against Texas where he gave up three earned runs.
Green is a guy with plenty of postseason experience, which will be very valuable to this team should they advance that far. In 18 career postseason games, he has a 3-0 record with 27 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.15.
With Green being healthy, reliable, and back to his dominant self, this gives John Schneider and co. one more option in their already loaded bullpen that consists of guys like Jordan Romano, Erik Swanson, and Jordan Hicks.
The Blue Jays front office has certainly focused on pitching this year, and it has payed off. The Blue Jays employ one of the most lethal bullpens in all of the Major Leagues. They rank sixth in bullpen ERA, and second in overall ERA.
Should the Blue Jays make it into the postseason this year, it looks like Chad Green is going to be a very valuable weapon out of the pen.