The Value of Starting Pitching

One could argue that full seasons from newly extended Jose Berrios, and returning rookie sensation Alek Manoah negates the need for a front-line starter for the Blue Jays. In 2021, One game separated the Jays from a post-season appearance and an early off-season. Recreating the twelve-win season from their starting rotation in 2021 and adding a win or two would put them among the top starting rotations in baseball.

Fangraphs projections place Berrios, Manoah and Ryu; the three penned in Blue Jays starters headed into 2022 at 8.5 wins. With two spots left open, The Jays don’t need to allocate a hefty portion of their budget to find the remaining 4 or so wins. What they really need are a couple of consistent 2 win pitchers who are paid like 2 win pitchers and have room to grow with a little Pete Walker magic.
Here are some candidates…
Jon Gray 
The 30-year-old long-time Rockie is entering free agency coming off of somewhat of a bounce-back season after a frustrating shortened 2020 campaign. He saw both his strike-out and hit rates return to normal and despite giving up more runs than I’m sure he would have liked, he performed admirably in a notoriously hitter-friendly park. MLB Trade …

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Author: DeuceDoucette / Blue Jays Nation

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