Blue Jays starters need to pitch further into ball games

R.A.Dickey and Alex Anthopoulos were all smiles after announcing the trade for the Cy Young Award...

R.A.Dickey and Alex Anthopoulos were all smiles after announcing the trade for the Cy Young Award winner. (DAVE ABEL/Toronto Sun)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:37 PM ET

In their first 109 games this season Blue Jays starters failed to pitch five innings 23 times.

That’s the second highest total, behind only the last-place Milwaukee Brewers.

At the end of some series you can almost see a dugout-to-mound path created by pitching coach Pete Walker and manager John Gibbons like footsteps in a new snowfall.

Gibbons has had to lift more starters this year than his previous five seasons.

Now, it’s time to pull that Sportsnet commercial. You’ve seen it: R.A. Dickey addressing the media at his Jan. 9 press conference.

The knuckleballer talked about the talks with general manager Alex Anthopoulos during the 72 hours the New York Mets gave the Jays to work out a contract extension. Dickey listened to Anthopoulos’ pitch, his vision for 2013 and beyond.

“I’ll tell him now, but I was all in,” Dickey told reporters, an ad we saw again this week.

The Jays are all out.

Out of the race. Out of bullets.


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