First time through the rotation and the Blue Jays, the Las Vegas favourite to win the World Series, are 2-3. It’s early and the record doesn’t mean anything today, but it would’ve been nice to come out a bit stronger offensively.
I thought I’d give a sentence or two on what I’ve seen from each starter so far….
R.A. Dickey – he struggled to throw strikes consistently in his first start as a Blue Jay, but three passed balls certainly didn’t help his line. Hopefully he comes out and dominates tomorrow with Henry Blanco behind the dish and gives the Jays their first series win of the young season.
Brandon Morrow – he was obviously a bit excited for his first start of the year – he hit 99 on the gun a couple times. The 8 k’s were nice to see. Look for him to settle in and pitch ahead a bit more the next couple outings.
Mark Buehrle – he looked really good early against the Indians but the long ball was his undoing. Pitching at hitter friendly Rogers Centre could become a challenge for the soft-tossing lefty, but I expect Buehrle to have a consistent year for us and be the horse the league knows him to be.
Josh Johnson – He looked good and definitely showed ace stuff – like his finally pitch of the game: a 3-2 curveball that froze Mike Napoli. He showed he can escape a jam when needed but needs to pitch ahead more often and not issue free passes. Probably just nerves for his first start of the year, so we’ll take it easy on him.
J.A. Happ – The only thing you might of asked of Happ was to keep the pitch count down and eat a couple more innings. But 5.1 innings allowed 1 hit, 3 walks with 6 k’s and zero runs isn’t too shabby from a 5th starter. Happ looked liked he’s pitching with a chip on his shoulder and if he continues this, he could have a huge year for us.
I’ll try to find a few minutes to update everyone on the bullpen over the next day or so…