Toronto Blue Jays Starting Lineup 4/1/20 Blue Jays Lineup

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The Blue Jays are in the middle of a youth movement. They pulled a pitcher from the Dodgers to help solidify their staff, but pitching still looks like it will be a glaring weakness. The backend of the rotation is manned by an old arm and a consistent sense of mediocrity. How well the Blue Jays hit the ball will go a long way to helping them beat the odds. However, the numbers seem to lean to them having a problem breaking .500 in 2020. As the core of their hitters continues to mature, the future does look bright. But, the top four in the projected Blue Jay batting order has five years of major league experience collectively.

They will have problems against strong pitching, at least for the foreseeable future. Don't sleep on the Blue Jays, but the AL East may be too strong for them to be more than a problem team while their young players mature.

Blue Jays Starting Lineup

H. Ryu , (L), SP
1. T. Shaw , (L), 1B
2. C. Biggio , (L), 2B
3. V. Guerrero Jr. , (R), 3B
4. D. Jansen , (R), C
5. T. Hernandez , (R), CF
6. L. Gurriel , (R), LF
7. R. Grichuk , (R), RF
8. B. Bichette , (R), SS
Pos Pitcher
SP Hyun-Jin Ryu H. Ryu (L)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Hyun-Jin Ryu H. Ryu (L)
92
0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Travis Shaw T. Shaw (L)
79
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Cavan Biggio C. Biggio (L)
71
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. V. Guerrero Jr. (R)
95
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Danny Jansen D. Jansen (R)
72
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez (R)
71
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Lourdes Gurriel L. Gurriel (R)
68
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk (R)
78
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Bo Bichette B. Bichette (R)
71
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

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2020 Toronto Blue Jays Pitching Analysis

Toronto has been losing names left and right among starters, and right now their rotation is not in very good shape. They already have to face three tough offenses within the division, and also face them in good hitters parks. The Blue Jays have some young talented hitters coming up, but their goal of developing an ace should be front and center right now. They likely won’t be spending on anyone big, so through the farm system is their best bet. They were a mediocre pitching staff in 2018, and it is hard to see something different in 2019. Marcus Stroman comes in as the name we most know. He is a groundball arm, that has struggled a bit over 2018. He finished with over a five ERA. While he is not a strikeout arm, his strikeout stuff was down from the prior season. Stroman was never going to be a top of the rotation arm, so it shows where the rotation is at with him at the top. Toronto added Matt Shoemaker and Clayton Richard, who both get a downgrade moving to Toronto and facing the AL East.

Shoemaker and Richard work differently, as Shoemaker is a flyball prone right-hander, and Richard is a groundball southpaw. Shoemaker could be in some bad spots against these offenses. Richard was over a five ERA last season, and Shoemaker was near him at 4.94. Both are projected for over a four ERA this season, and taking the over would be wise there. These will be telling years for both of them. Aaron Sanchez took a step backward after a promising 2017. He finished with a 4.89 ERA and his strikeouts were down as well. Sanchez has some upside, but it seems a bit capped within this division. While Ryan Borucki had a 3.87 ERA last season, his batted ball stats and ERA estimators have him about a half of a run higher in 2019. There isn’t really much depth behind these guys, but Sean Reid-Foley will get some run this season, and showed some strikeout upside late last season. There is a good chance he can knockout one of these starters from the rotation and jump right in.