Thoughts from the booth: What will Blue Jays rotation look like in a month?

Every Friday, Blue Jays Talk host Scott MacArthur will weigh in with his observations on the Blue Jays from the past week.

The unofficial second half begins at Yankee Stadium on Friday night and the Toronto Blue Jays have much to play for between now and September 29. Wins and losses are relevant only in that you play to win, the vibe is better when a team wins, and triple-digit losses is a rather odious mark.

Continued player development, some answers to the pitching questions and a sense of upward mobility heading into the off-season would help to erase, at least partially, the distasteful baseball Blue Jays fans witnessed over the first two months of the season.

Here’s what I’m thinking this week…

Analyzing the rotation

So the rotation for the Yankees series is set: Friday-to-Sunday it’ll be Aaron Sanchez, Clayton Richard and Marcus Stroman. Let’s presume Monday’s starter for the series opener in Boston is Trent Thornton. On Tuesday, lefty Ryan Borucki could make his season debut, having tossed six innings and 80 pitches in his latest rehab start, this for triple-A Buffalo. Alternatives, should Borucki need more time in the minor leagues, include Sean Reid-Foley and Jacob Waguespack.

Out of those four assured names, how many will still be in the rotation a month from now? Stroman will almost assuredly be traded; Richard is a placeholder; Sanchez? Who knows because, at some point, if the performance doesn’t improve, a decision will have to be made; Thornton should safely remain in his spot, although if pitch-tipping and the steep learning curve rear their heads often enough one never truly knows.

I say two, Sanchez and Thornton, hang in. This will be an important half of the season for Borucki, who needs to be healthy more than he needs mind-blowing results …read more



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