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2021 Blue Jays: Bullpen and Rotation One of the Best in MLB

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The 2021 Blue Jays began the season with high hopes and high expectations, that was until the injury bug hit the team hard. The Blue Jays pitching rotation and bullpen were hit the hardest, losing reliever Kirby Yates, and starting pitcher Nate Pearson before the season began. The injuries continued to mount and Toronto’s management was left scrambling to fill the holes left by the injuries throughout the lineup. Toronto is currently without starting pitchers Nate Pearson, Ross Stripling, TJ Zeuch, and Thomas Hatch.

The Blue Jay’s are now relying on Hyun-Jin Ryu, Steven Matz, Tanner Roark, and the committee of relievers in the bullpen to get the job done on a nightly basis. The pitching staff has done just that as Toronto has a 10-11 record, and currently holds the best Earned Run Average in the American League division, sitting with a stellar 3.04 ERA, while the bullpen has the lowest ERA in the entire MLB, currently at 2.10.

2021 Blue Jays: Pitching staff defying the odds

Steven Matz, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Robbie Ray, and the committee of relievers have continuously battled every night giving their team a chance to win. Steven Matz has yet to lose a game in 2021, while Hyun-Jin Ryu has been reliable once again as the bonified ace for Toronto. Robbie Ray has emerged with some tough results but he has been good since returning to the lineup, sitting with a 2.81 ERA through three games this season.

Steven Matz has been everything the 2021 Blue Jays had hoped he would be for them, an impressive 4-0 record and a dazzling 2.31 ERA has him in the conversation as a potential number one starter for Toronto, he also has 25 strikeouts in 21 innings of work. Hyun-Jin Ryu might have a losing record as he is 1-2 in the 2021 season but he outside of one bad game he has looked like the 2020 Warren Spahn Award winner we watched last season. He has 26 strikeouts and a 2.61 ERA in five starts and will be relied on as the leader for the Blue Jays pitching staff.

2021 Blue Jays: Pitching Staff Needs Support From Offense

The 2021 Blue Jays are struggling at times on the offensive side of the game as they have not been able to string together consistency at the plate. Plagued by injuries as well the Blue Jays have been without some key assets to their batting lineup, George Springer has still not made his debut for the Blue Jays, and Toronto is without their silver slugger Teoscar Hernandez as well. The Blue Jays have been fortunate to have a red-hot Vladimir Guerrero Jr. who has begun to show the world why he was regarded as an elite talent when entering MLB.

Marcus Semien has also provided some spark for the Blue Jays at times, and Bo Bichette as well who has struggled on the defensive side of the ball but has racked up five home runs and 21 hits this season for Toronto. The Blue Jays will need to have consistency throughout the lineup in order to compete and make a push for the American League playoff race, Toronto hopes to welcome back injured players over the next couple of weeks which could provide a much-needed boost to the team. The Toronto Blue Jays are in third place in the American League East and are only three games back of the first-place Boston Red Sox.

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