'Big pitches' continue to elude Jays in loss

Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) is greeted at home plate by Orioles left...

Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) is greeted at home plate by Orioles left fielder Ryan Lough (9) and third baseman Ryan Flaherty (3) after hitting a grand slam home run against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Wednesday night. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:49 PM ET

TORONTO - Through the early days of this season, the Blue Jays have been walking much the same dangerous tightrope that sent them spiralling into the depths last season.

Their starting pitchers, with a few exceptions, have been struggling to get deep into games. It’s a recipe for disaster, even when you have one of the better bullpens in the game. Rather than complain about the starters, manager John Gibbons is looking for a solution.

“For us to be successful,” the manager was saying the other afternoon, “we’ve got to get some big pitches in the fifth, sixth, seventh from guys like (Todd) Redmond, (Esmil) Rogers and (J.A.) Happ when our starters go out early. We can’t keep bringing in our main bullpen guys four or five innings night after night. They’ve been very good but you can’t do that over a long season. You wear them out.”

 


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