TORONTO - ROTATION
Comparison: After seven weeks of planning, the Jays opened with Carreno in his first major-league start in Game 3 of the season last year ahead of Alvarez and Drabek.
Last year’s group had 188 career starts (Romero 93, Morrow, 71, Drabek 14 and Alvarez 10). The Jays’ rotation had its innards ripped out when Morrow, Drabek and Drew Hutchison were lost in a span of four games, missing 51 starts.
This year’s Jays have Dickey, Morrow, Buerhle, Johnson and Happ, while Romero didn’t make the travelling squad. Last year’s rotation didn’t have anyone with more 100 career starts. This year’s group is led by Buerhle with 396, followed by Johnson (144), Dickey (139), Happ (96) and Morrow (92) for a combined 867 career starts.
Advantage: Dickey is coming off three solid years, Morrow one, Buerhle is Mr. Consistency (12 seasons of 30 or more starts averaging a 3.81 ERA and 14 wins per year), Johnson won the ERA title in 2010, made only nine starts in 2011 and cam