Coming into the 2021 MLB season, one could easily say that the starting rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays was the weakest link. They had the bats and they had a good-looking bullpen until the injury bug hit the team. The team’s starting pitching, however, was a concern.
However, at the end of the season, the team had the sixth-best ERA in the Major Leagues. Robbie Ray’s emergence as a Cy Young winner certainly helped, but the team called up Alek Manoah at the right time and made the trade for Jose Berrios. This along with the off-season acquisition of Steven Matz, a phenomenal back-end of the rotation pitcher, contributed to a successful 2021.
So what does the starting pitching staff look like next season? Hyun-Jin Ryu is looking to bounce back after a rough second half and will be paid 20 million in the next two seasons. Alek Manoah is still on his pre-arbitration contract. Lastly, Jose Berrios is in the final year of arbitration before hitting the free market.
That’s only three starting pitchers, so what will the Jays do to fill up those two final openings?
Starting pitching was good, bats were great:
According to Jon Morosi, …
Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation