If you watched the Blue Jays over their truncated 2020 season, you probably came away impressed with the work of their bullpen.
Due to the weird nature of the season, the team took advantage, shoved a bunch of their AAA starters into the bullpen, and relied heavily on them. They eschewed traditional defined roles, yanked starting pitchers from ballgames early on, and had the relievers pitch 269.1 innings compared to the starters’ 255.1. This was working very well for the first five weeks of the season, and when the calendar hit September, the Blue Jays’ bullpen ERA was 3.14, good for fourth best in the league.
Because of that, I think if you asked the vast majority of Blue Jays fans right now how the bullpen performed this season, they’d say they were great. I thought they were until I started researching for this article! However, that wasn’t really the case. They absolutely melted down in September, with a 6.77 ERA for the month, finishing the season at 4.71 as a corps, 24th in the league. So it’s completely reasonable that this article from Jays From The Couch made the case for the Blue Jays not needing to prioritize improving their bullpen this …
Author: Gideon Turk / Blue Jays Nation