Digging into José Berríos’ struggles this season and what changed during his gem against the Twins

On July 30th, 2021, the Blue Jays acquired José Berríos from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Austin Martin and Simeon Woods-Richardson. The trade has both been much maligned and much heralded by Blue Jays fans at different times. But now, in the season immediately succeeding a seven year contract extension, many Blue Jays fans are ready to make up their minds. Here’s why Berríos’ judgement day isn’t going so well. Yet.

To begin the season, José Berríos was handed the ball for the Blue Jays first home opener at Rogers Centre since 2019. He promptly allowed 4 runs and only managed one out. Unfortunately for the Jays, this has not appeared to be a blip on an otherwise squeaky clean radar. Berríos’ xERA sits at a gaudy 7.16, more than a full run higher than the second worst pitcher in the category (Zach Plesac). His ERA and FIP, while better, are both over 5.00. Point is, Berríos was supposed to be the ace of the staff. Through the first 2 months of the season however, he wasn’t pitching like it. But yesterday, he posted a career high 13 strikeouts in 7 innings, allowing only 2 runs. So what’s caused Berríos’ struggles, and what changed yesterday?
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Author: Tate Kispech / Blue Jays Nation

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