For a team that has struggled on defence like the Blue Jays have, getting a strikeout pitcher like Robbie Ray should be a great add. Ray has struck out 12.48 batters per nine this season, his fourth consecutive season over 12 K/9. Though any pressure Ray takes off the defence with strikeouts he gives right back with walks. When you walk a batter an inning like Ray has, you put a ton of pressure on the defence behind you to turn two and make plays. There is little room for error.
It wasn’t that long ago Ray was a really strong pitcher. He was an all-star in 2017 and from ’17-19 he ranked fifth in baseball striking out 31.9% of hitters.
To get Ray back to where he was a couple years ago, the first thing the Blue Jays need to do is get his mechanics under control. Walks have always been a problem throughout Ray’s career. In an effort to improve his command he changed his diet, coming into Spring Training 15 pounds lighter and changed his mechanics trying to be more fluid.
The difference in mechanics is striking:
Robbie Ray 2020 vs. 2019.
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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation