With spring training closing in we must begin the 2021 MLB predictions, we will take a look at the Toronto Blue Jays potential Starting Pitching rotation.
The Toronto Blue Jays have been busy during the offseason with a flurry of acquisitions during the month of January. The biggest need for Toronto heading into the current offseason was without a doubt their need for starting pitching, the Blue Jays added a few veteran arms but not the big-name pitcher many were expecting.
2021 MLB Predictions: Blue Jays Starting Five
With all the recent additions to the Blue Jays pitching staff let’s take a look at the possible starting rotation for the 2021 MLB season.
Hyun-Jin Ryu – The 2020 Warren Spahn Award Winner will return as the ace for the Toronto Blue Jays after an outstanding season. Ryu had one of his best seasons in the MLB and looks to continue that success into 2021.
Nate Pearson – Rising to the number two spot in the rotation is the top pitching prospect. After entering MLB in 2020 and showing he’s capable of taking on a bigger role, the Blue Jays look ready to give him the opportunity in 2021.
Tanner Roark – The eight-year veteran will look to improve on his 2020 numbers after a 2-3 record, and a 6.80 ERA in 11 starts. The numbers don’t look the greatest but Tanner Roark will get his fair opportunity at cementing his spot in the starting Pitching rotation for the Blue Jays in 2021. Tanner will likely take the third spot in the rotation but could slot in anywhere from the number three spot to the number five spot.
Robbie Ray – One of three left-handed pitchers on the Toronto Blue Jays starting pitching depth chart, being a lefty will likely give him a spot in the rotation to begin the season. Robbie Ray finished 2020 with 2-5 record, and a 6.62 ERA. The Blue Jays will look for improvement from the left-handed hurler in 2021.
Steven Matz – The newest addition to the Blue Jays and the third left-handed pitcher available will get the opportunity as a starter to begin 2021. Steven Matz looking to improve on a forgettable 2020, he posted an 0-5 record, and a 9.68 ERA in six starts for the New York Mets. The Blue Jays hope that Steven Matz can return to his 2017-2018 form with a fresh start in Toronto.
2021 Blue Jays: Remaining Arms, Trade Possibilities
The Toronto Blue Jays have the fortunate issue of depth at the starting pitching position as they prepare for the 2021 season. The Blue Jays will have Tyler Chatwood available and Trent Thornton as well to compete for a role in the starting pitching rotation. Chatwood was acquired through free agency will definitely get an opportunity to compete for a spot.
Trent Thornton had a rough season in 2020, starting three games and finishing with a 0-0 record and an ugly 11.12 ERA. The right-handed pitcher will look to bounce back in 2021 and battle his way into the starting pitching rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays still have the option of acquiring a solidified starting pitcher through trades. The Blue Jays have an abundance of prospects that could be moved for the right piece, this could also come with a roster player or two being moved if it means improving the pitching rotation for 2021. The Blue Jays will have to rely on Hyun-Jin Ryu and Nate Pearson.
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