Inside scoop on the Jays rotation

Pitching coach Pete Walker, talking with young hurler Aaron Sanchez, breaks down the strengths and...

Pitching coach Pete Walker, talking with young hurler Aaron Sanchez, breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the five-man Jays rotation. (Veronica Henri, Toronto Sun)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:44 PM ET

Ask anybody about how the Blue Jays will fare this season, and that includes manager John Gibbons, the response is always the same — they will be as good as the rotation will carry them.

 

In baseball, it’s always about pitching, specifically the starting staff.

A year ago, following the big trades with the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets, the Jays rotation was expected to be one of the best in the big leagues. They had added power pitcher Josh Johnson and dependable lefty Mark Buehrle from the Marlins as well as the reigning Cy Young Award winner in the National League, R.A. Dickey.

Filling out that trip would be Brandon Morrow and Rickey Romero.

It was time to print the World Series tickets.

It all quickly unravelled, beginning with Romero, who was dropped in the final days of spring training. Morrow would exit in April with a right forearm strain that limited him to 10 starts ad two wins. Johnson was terrible and produced two wins from


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