Blue Jays rotation rundown

Pitching coach Pete Walker (right), talking with R.A. Dickey in Dunedin, runs down the strengths...

Pitching coach Pete Walker (right), talking with R.A. Dickey in Dunedin, runs down the strengths and weaknesses of the Blue Jays' starting five for the Toronto Sun. (Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:01 AM ET

TORONTO - Heading into the 2013 season, the revamped Blue Jays rotation looms as one of the team’s strengths, even with the demotion of former ace Ricky Romero to class-A Dunedin.

 

In the off-season, general manager Alex Anthopoulos traded for three quality starters in R.A. Dickey, the National League’s Cy Young winner in 2012, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. The rotation also boasts lefty J.A. Happ, who was part of the 10-player trade the Jays made last July with the Houston Astros. Right-hander Brandon Morrow is the sole survivor of the 2012 starting rotation.

Following is a breakdown of the five starters through the eyes of pitching coach Pete Walker. (Pitchers listed with 2012 team and stats):

1. R.A. Dickey

New York Mets — 20-6, 2.73 ERA, 233.2 IPs

OVERALL STUFF: “His stuff is fantastic and I know he feels good about how he has progressed this spring and is looking forward to the opening day start.


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