I'm going to double up on the rest of the potential bullpen pitchers, it is hard to figure who will make up the back of the pen, so guessing the amount of innings each will get is a tough one.
Jeremy Accardo has been with the Jays for, at least parts of, four seasons. He was picked up from the Giants for Shea Hillenbrand and Vinnie Chulk right after Shea went nuts and forced the Jays to move him. Since the trade Shea has put up OPS+ numbers of 74 in his time with the Giants in 2006 and 56 with the LA Dodgers and LA Angels in 2007. He hasn't been in the majors since. Chulk hasn't done all that much either so I guess we can call that trade a win.
With the Jays Accardo has put up ERAs of 5.97, 2.14, 6.57, 2.55 so if this was one of those 'guess the next number in the sequence' things, we'd be guessing low 7's. Jeremy had the one really good year for us. with 30 saves in 2007 and the rest of his time here has been pretty forgettable.
Last year he bounced back and forth from Las Vegas a number of times, when he was up he clearly wasn't one of Cito's favorites. At the 'State of the Franchise' night Cito confused him and Casey Janssen, which I'm sure warmed the cockles of each man's heart. There would be nothing better to hear than you manager doesn't know who you are. Accardo was clearly hoping the Jays wouldn't tender him a contract this year, but since since he does have value we did. Apparently, even though Accardo has an option year left, Alex Anthopoulos has told him he won't be yo-yoing between Toronto and Vegas this year. Hopefully things will work out for him this year.
|2009 - Jeremy Accardo||0-0||26||0||0||0||1||0||24.2||23||8||7||2||17||18||2.55||1.62|
Bill James missed Accardo in his predictions this year but CHONE sees him with a 2-2 record, 4.29 ERA in 42 innings over 44 games with 17 walks and 32 K.
Shawn Camp has had two seasons with the Jays, being picked up as a free agent after posting a 7.20 for the Rays in 2007. He's been very good for us with a 4.12 ERA in 2008 and then filling the long man role out of the pen last year with a 3.50. I'm not really sure why he's been so successful. He doesn't strikeout a lot of batters, he walks more than you would really like and yet he does the job. His BABIP was down some last year, .284, from his career .338 number, so perhaps there was a little luck involved last year.
He is clearly a favorite of Cito's and he's earned that by pitching well.
|2009 - Shawn Camp||2-6||59||0||0||0||1||0||79.2||73||36||31||7||29||58||3.50||1.28|
Bill James sees him going 3-4, 4.50 in 50 games, 70 innings, 21 walks and 52 strikeouts.
CHONE has him 3-3, 51 games, 56 innings, 20 walks and 42 strikeouts.
Let us know what you foresee for Shawn and Jeremy this year.