The race to see who wins the lone remaining starting role on the Blue Jays pitching staff is a marathon, not a sprint, but Todd Redmond got out of the starting gate in good order Wednesday.
Working behind fourth-starter J.A. Happ, who stumbled in his one inning of work against the Phillies, Redmond tossed two perfect innings, six-up, six-down, with a strikeout to get credit for the win, looking calm, cool and collected in the process.
The only other starting candidate to face the Phillies was Kyle Drabek, who was frustrated with his inability to command his pitches in the strike zone. He walked three, gave up one hit and one run in 12/3 innings and had trouble keeping his emotions under control afterward.
Redmond was an unknown who stepped into the rotation and gave the Blue Jays some quality starts last year. That success has buoyed him up for this competition.