The Toronto Blue Jays have at least one starting pitcher playing well.
Mark Buehrle has put together the best two-game stretch for any Blue Jays starting pitcher this season, having thrown 16 innings, seven hits, zero earned runs, 11 strikeouts, and two walks.
After watching the last two games, it is easy to see that Buehrle has command of the strike zone and keeps opposing hitters off-balance throughout the game. Beyond this fantastic two-game stretch, Buehrle has been trending in the right direction in some important statistical areas.
Among the areas where his numbers are trending down are: WHIP, HR/9, AVG., ERA and K/9. It is easy to conclude that Buehrle has discovered some kind of adjustment allowing him to find a groove.
We can ask ourselves what has changed, but does it really matter? At this point in the season, the Blue Jays need one of the leaders in the starting rotation to step up and win some games. This rotation has nothing to look at and be proud of and nothing that makes baseball fun.
If Buehrle can continue this hot streak, maybe it will inspire another player to join the action. The Blue Jays need a couple more starting pitchers to show what they are capable of doing before the season ends. Buehrle has taken the first steps; now let’s see who else can make the required adjustments and play up to their talent level.