CLEARWATER, FLA. - Sooner or later, we’re going to find out just how enduring is Alex Anthopoulos’ faith in his internal pitching candidates.
When he spoke to the press earlier this spring, he confided that it was his confidence in the group of pitchers — not only those who constitute the core of the Blue Jay starters, but those competing for at least one job at the back end of the rotation — that prevented him from paying what he obviously feels is an exorbitant price on the free-agent market for an experienced arm to stabilize things.
On that day, Anthopoulos spoke glowingly of Drew Hutchison and Marcus Stroman and neither of those young pitchers has disappointed in the early going of the Grapefruit League season. But beyond that, performance has been spotty.
For example, in the past three games going into Tuesday’s evening game against the Phillies, all losses, Blue Jay pitchers have given up 29 runs on 40 hits and 16 walks. But, hey, who’s counting?