By BOB ELLIOTT, SUN MEDIA
The curtain goes up on a history-making season tonight at the Rogers Centre.
After a strictly Canadian scoreboard presentation, Roy Halladay takes the mound against the Detroit Tigers.
And the rest of way ... well, get ready.
For the first time in this their 33rd year, the Blue Jays open the season with three arms in their starting rotation with less than 66 innings of major league experience to their names.
Basically three starts out of every five go to rookies.
Can the young staff step into the Jays' pitching void? Is there any hope for 2009? Have your say in our forum.
Rotation worries for Jays
Once you account for all the hot and cold streaks that teams and players go through during the season, that's where they'll most likely end up. Just like every other year.
That doesn't mean they don't have a chance.
There's still plenty of time left. And they do have a decent team--on paper.
A more consistent offensive effort (or in the case of Wells, some offense) and a healthy pitching staff would certainly improve the Jays' playoff chances.
Kelly Gruber rules, 2009-06-15 21:49:06
Vernon Wells is clearly the most overpaid position player in all of baseball.
With that ridiculous 17 million salary he is a millstone around the Jays necks.
He is contributing nothing offensively and the Jays are stuck with this under-achiever since no team would ever consider taking on that salary .
Has anyone noticed that Well's slugging percentage is the lowest of all the Jays everyday players? That has got to be worth 17 million per year!
Dave, 2009-06-08 10:57:50
The Jays should commit to a youth movement and receive benefit from assets like Halladay, Wells, Rolen, & Millar. Get some top prospect pitching and buy hitting. I don't know why this formula is not being used by Jays front staff (JP).
It will take between 92-96 wins to measure up in the American League East. The Jays normally win between 82-87 games so they really needed the win differential they had at the beginning of the year. After their start they could have played .500 ball and still had a good chance at post season play.
Howie, 2009-05-29 10:50:34
It in NFL season yet?
Kneeguy, 2009-04-07 16:12:38