Blue Jays bullpen being overworked early in season

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos throws against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field...

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos throws against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis, April 15, 2014. (JESSE JOHNSON/USA Today)

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

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A year ago, when the Blue Jays were 7-11, someone cleared his throat looked around the clubhouse and said: “You know, this could go south real fast.”

Seven words. Seven accurate words.

The worry back then was the starting pitching. Not the offence. Not the bullpen.

After watching the Jays trundle through Minneapolis and now Cleveland, one has to wonder if the same guy is about to clear his throat and issue those same words, despite the Jays’ 10-8 record.

Look at these numbers from the Minnesota Twins series and the opener against the Cleveland Indians:

Starters Brandon Morrow, R.A. Dickey, Dustin McGowan and Drew Hutchison went a combined 17.1 innings, which means the bullpen worked 16.2.

Not a real good ratio.

Mark Buehrle restored order on Saturday pitching seven scoreless, leaving only six outs for the bullpen.


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