The Toronto Blue Jays have battled themselves into a playoff spot with a chance to clinch the top wild-card spot in the American League. The Toronto Blue Jays Roster has its solidified core and then the role players, and then the bullpen. Who do the Blue Jays pencil in as their starting pitchers when the postseason begins? Who does John Schneider turn to in the Jays’ bullpen?
The starting rotation is likely set for the wildcard series as you will certainly see Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah in games one and two, game three is probably going to be Ross Stripling’s game barring an extreme change of events. The biggest question mark remains, who do the Blue Jays call on when Pete Walker and John Schneider decide to make a change on the mound?
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Blue Jays Roster Options
Tim Mayza – (8-1) with a 3.28 earned run average in 61 appearances this season. He has looked strong and confident down the stretch.
Adam Cimber – (10-6) with a 2.90 earned run average during 74 appearances, including four saves.
Trevor Richards – (3-2) and holds the highest earned run average among the 5 options from the bullpen. He holds a 5.43 earned run average.
David Phelps – (0-2) the 35-year old has appeared in 63 games and holds a 2.92 era this season.
Jordan Romano – Closer – Has 35 saves this year and a 2.20 earned run average and has been everything Toronto could hope for.
The question marks are big ones and uncertainties that leave the Blue Jays roster, especially the bullpen extremely vulnerable to opposing teams. Tim Mayza without a doubt leads the way for reliever options as he has been lights out in relief this season, minus the one blemish of tossing Aaron Judge his 61st home run at Rogers Center.
Analysis of the Blue Jays Bullpen
The closer role is solidified with Jordan Romano, the 30-plus saves relief pitcher who will be called upon to close out ball games during the postseason. The issues lie once you get past Tim Mayza and Adam Cimber as both relievers have carried the bulk of the workload for the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen.
The thin bullpen is without a doubt going to be a focal point for all the teams facing the Blue Jays and Toronto will look to get lengthy outings from their starters, to help minimize the number of innings and batters the relief staff will have to face and work.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ offence will need to provide runs early and often during the postseason to take the stress and pressure off the pitching rotation. Allowing them to have a cushion throughout the ball game will eliminate the higher probability of the bullpen blowing leads which they’re well known for this year and in recent years.
Once you get past the Wild Card Playoff series then things get really cloudy as the series turns to seven-game series. The Blue Jays will need to minimize the innings of relief pitching if they hope to have any shot at making a run in October.
The offence without a doubt needs to be firing on all cylinders from the first pitch of each game, a lack of production will be a recipe for disaster and an early exit from the postseason.
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