Break-down of the 2012 Blue Jays pitching staff.
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1. Romero2. Morrow
|Source: Romero's Twitter page.|
Ricky Romero had a solid rookie season with 13 wins (ERA 4.30), an improved sophomore season with 14 wins (ERA 3.73), and one upped himself in his 3rd MLB season gaining 15 wins and held a 2.92 ERA. By those numbers alone, one can see that Romero is getting more comfortable as an MLB pitcher and can play with the big boys of the AL East. He went the distance 7 times last season, and there were several occasions where he was flirting with a no-no. The Jays will look to Romero to be their ace this season, and hopefully see those number improve once again.
|Lily Morrow (Left) with Brandon Morrow (right). Source: Morrow's Twitter page. What a great Hollywood looking couple.|
|Brett Cecil, also known as "Goggles". Source: www.cbc.ca.|
|Henderson Alvarez. Source: www.thestar.com.|
|Dustin McGowan... I had to get a picture with those sideburns. Source: www.sportsnet.ca.|
Santos- Newly acquired, and still new to the CP role. He looked good from what I saw of him last season, and I'm excited to see him as a Blue Jay.
Frasor- I'm happy the Jays got him back. For the longest time, Frasor was a middle relief pitcher before switching to closer. He will likely be the set-up relief pitcher for the most part, and close games when Santos is not fully rested. Having him as a set-up man will take pressure off him and allow him to play his best.
Janssen- Solid middle relief/set-up pitcher.
Litsch- I've never been much of a Litsch fan. When he made the move to he bullpen, I found myself actually liking his play. I think Litsch's days as a starter are done. He will be an excellent long relief/ middle relief pitcher.
Villanueva- Some want to see him as a starter. Decent pitcher, and still new with the Jays. I'd prefer to see him in the 'pen. I just don't think he's got enough to be a starter.
Perez- Look for Perez to be the final key piece to the Blue Jays' bullpen.
Some of you may be wondering about Kyle Drabek and Deck McGuire. Two minor league prospects that are hot on the Jays' radar. Of the two pitchers, Drabek will be the only one that will be considered for an opening day roster position, but will probably start in AAA, but will most likely be playing in the bigs before McGuire. The Jays won't be looking to rush either of them, but I do feel that McGuire will make his debut sometime this season.
As the young Blue Jays look to build up the core of their team, except some of these players to not be on this list, come opening day. Some of their best pitchers have been mentioned in trade talks and I wouldn't be surprised if Anthopoulos makes some moves before the season begins.
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