The biggest difference from last year to this year has to be the starting pitching. The Blue Jays have lost every member of the rotation, save Marco Estrada. And he has not been himself. This has been a very challenging year for a team that is built around homers and starting pitching. When you lose the ERA leader in the American League. You know its going to be a tough go.
But the Bullpen has really stepped up and more so of late. Leone, Loup and Barnes have been terrific. Roberto Osuna, somehow won the reliever of the month for June. I think that was called the rolaid relief award. On the verge of a mental break down, he was tremendous. Its definitely not an easy job by any stretch. The starting rotation has suffered so bad, they needed to steal pitchers from the Bullpen. Joe Biagini was elevated to starter, and that has had mixed results. Joe is a big league pitcher, but that doesn't mean he is a starter. Taking 2 of 3 from the Yankees, was an important step in getting back to 500. But we must be sure to understand, they are not as good as most of the American League East. Its time to make the right moves for the future.