The apparent secret to the 2015 success of the Toronto Blue Jays isn’t one of the veteran talents that have long loomed large in the MLB, nor one of the triumphant trades that team GM Alex Anthopoulos made during the offseason.
This season hinges on Marcus Stroman, the diminutive second-year pitcher that is apparently going to add firepower to the Jays’ rotation.
R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle are workhorses that will eat up innings and put up all right numbers while doing so. Drew Hutchinson and a player to be named later are unproven (especially this “player to be named later” guy, I have zero information on him).
Stroman threw brilliantly last season, and the hopes for him this year are sky-high. The Jays lacked pitching last year, but seemingly always able to put up runs. If they can secure at least a third solid starter and sure up the bullpen a bit this team can challenge for the A.L. East, despite all the moves that the Boston Red Sox have made.
Stroman is only 5’9”, and was only one of two pitchers in the major leagues last year to win 11 games or more at that height. This seems to be a lot of pressure on a player with such a small frame.
The Jays were paper champions of the division going into last season as well, we’ll see if what works so well on paper can finally pan out on the field.