Once the Toronto Blue Jays had confirmed the acquisition of reigning National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey last December, the team immediately was being hailed as a World Series favourite.
There were some, however, who wondered about the depth of the pitching staff. After newcomers Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Dickey, along with returnees Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero and J.A. Happ, there wasn’t any major league-ready pitching to speak of.
Blue Jays management, the coaching staff, players and fans no doubt were crossing their fingers that Dickey could repeat or come close to duplicating his 2012 performance that included 20 wins, a 2.73 earned-run average and 230 strikeouts.
As well, Toronto would need healthy seasons from Johnson and Morrow and likely a return to form by Romero to reach the playoffs and contend for a World Series title.
Well, it’s two months into the season and Dickey has yet to pitch like a Cy Young winner, Johnson has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a strained right triceps, Morrow has been healthy but inconsistent and Romero has already spent time at extended spring training, been pummeled in two starts for the Jays and sent to Triple-A.
On Wednesday, Toronto will open a six-game road trip in Atlanta, where reliever Esmil Rogers will become the 11th pitcher to start a game for the Blue Jays this season.
He has made 22 appearances out of the bullpen this season, posting a 1-2 record and 4.56 ERA, and has started 22 games in his career, all with Colorado from 2009 to 2011.
The gallery above profiles the 10 pitchers to start a game for the Jays this season and how they have fared.