The Toronto Blue Jays overhauled their entire team for the 2013 season. However, the biggest turnover was to their starting pitching staff, adding RA Dickey, Josh Johnson, and Mark Buehrle. While all those three pitchers have been the ace on previous staffs in their career, I really don’t think they will be the ace of the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays. Now, I’m not saying those guys are going to have a bad year, because I feel all three of them will have very good seasons. But there is one pitcher in the Blue Jays’ rotation that I think will make the biggest strides this season. That pitcher is none other than Brandon Morrow.
Morrow has been teetering with great success for a couple of seasons now, and he was well on his way to making the leap last season before he strained his oblique in June. He did, however, return to the team in late August, picking up right where he left off. In 124 2/3 innings, Morrow had a 2.96 ERA and a 3.65 FIP, with the key of his success being a much lower BB/9 ratio. Translation: Brandon Morrow learned how to pitch instead of trying to strike everyone out.
It took awhile for Morrow to turn that closer’s mentality into one that a starting pitcher would use, but we all saw it work in 2012. If healthy, I really believe Morrow will not only have a chance to lead the Blue Jays to a playoff birth, but he could be a dark horse for the AL Cy Young award.
Heck, I’ll make that bold prediction number one for the 2013 MLB season. Brandon Morrow will win the 2013 AL Cy Young award.