Toronto Blue Jays: Has Starting Pitching Finally Turned It Around?
Six games into the month of June, the Toronto Blue Jays are 4-2 and currently ridding a three-game winning streak. The success in the past week is because of starting pitching, and if it continues, the season could turn around in a hurry for the last-place Blue Jays.
It all started with the return of Josh Johnson to the starting lineup on Tuesday. Johnson went seven innings against the reigning champion San Francisco Giants, giving up two only runs. The success continued for the rest of the week with R.A Dickey pitching his best game as a Blue Jay, going eight-plus inning against the Giants while not giving up a run in the win. Then it was up to Esmil Rogers to continue the hot trend, and he did what he was supposed to as he went a little over four innings, allowing only one run and striking out six. Yesterday, Mark Buehrle was his old self as he went seven strong innings, allowing only one run to the first-place Texas Rangers.
During the last four games, the starting pitching has only allowed four runs, while pitching a combined 27 innings. The Blue Jays will look to Johnson to continue the success on the mound and keep their winning streak alive. The situation should get even more interesting with the return of Brandon Morrow to the rotation as early as next week. The Blue Jays have the bats to score tons of runs; they just need the confidence from their starters to give them strong outings, and the wins will come.
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