Blue Jays have much better starting pitcher depth this year

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (23) works out for spring training  in Dunedin,...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (23) works out for spring training in Dunedin, Fla., Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Ken Fidlin, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 PM ET

The sense of relief was almost palpable. With the first workout of a new season, the Blue Jays were more than willing to put the disaster of 2013 in their rear-view mirror.

“Today’s the last day I’m going to talk about last year,” said manager John Gibbons. “We didn’t play well in any phase of the game early on. We didn’t play very good defence, hitting was sporadic and we struggled with our rotation. So that leads to how we started the season. But these guys have a lot of pride and I expect most of them to bounce back. As a team it was a struggle.

“Now we’ve got to go about our business and answer some questions.”

With a cast of characters only slightly altered from the team that stumbled and bumbled its way to a 74-88 record and a last-place finish in the American League East, the Jays are determined to prove that 2013 was an aberration, a complete misrepresentation of the team’s capabilities.

 


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