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Poll Time: Best Starting Pitcher in Blue Jays History

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With luck, he’ll be in the conversation before his career is over.
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Edwin won the best Blue Jays DH poll fairly easily.

We’ve had a number of very good starting pitchers, over the years:

Jim Clancy: An early Jay. He and Dave Stieb went back and forth on franchise lead for wins for a number of seasons. Clancy made 40 starts in 1982, pitching 266.2 innings. He pitched 12 seasons for the Jays, finishing with a 128-140 record and a 4.10 ERA, in 352 games and 2204.2 innings.

Dave Stieb: Near the top of my list of favorite players. He was a competitor, hate to lose (so pitching for the Jays in the early days wasn’t the easiest on him). In 1982, he started 38 games and finished 19 of them, throwing 288.1 innings. He and Clancy started 78 games between them and pitched 555 innings (38.5% of the totally innings pitched by the Jays that season). In my opinion, he has the best AL pitcher of the 1980’s. As a Jay, he pitched 14 seasons, had a 176-137 record, in 443 games. 2895.1 innings, more than 660 more innings than any other Blue Jays pitcher has thrown. I think his lead in innings pitched is pretty safe. Had 103 complete games, another team record that will never be broken.

Pat Hentgen: Won a Cy Young. Pitched 529.2 innings over the 1996 and 1997 seasons. In total, 10 seasons as a Jay, 107-85 record, 4.28 ERA in 270 games, 1636 innings. And a good guy.

Jimmy Key: He was a Jay for 9 seasons. Had a 116-81 record, 3.42 ERA in 317 games, 1695.2 innings. Has a World Series ring as a Blue Jay and one as a Yankee. I really enjoyed watching him pitch.

David Wells: Pitched 8 seasons for the Jays, splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen. Won 20 games in 2000 (and 17 games in 1999). In total 84-55, 4.06 ERA in 1148.2 innings. Didn’t always get along with his managers.

Roger Clemens: Was a Blue Jay for 2 seasons and won two Cy Youngs. Was 41-13 with a 2.33 ERA in 67 starts and 498.2 innings as a Jay.

Juan Guzman: Pitched 8 seasons with the Jays. 76-62 record, 4.07 ERA in 1215.2 innings. When he was good he was very very good. Was second in Rookie of the Year voting in 1991 and an All-Star in 1992. Was 5-1 in our two World Series runs.

Roy Halladay: 12 seasons as a Jay. 148-76 in 313 games, 2046.2 innings. Won 1 Cy Young, should have won more. Best AL pitcher of the ‘oughts’. It’s too bad that we could never put together a team good enough to get him to the playoffs.

A.J. Burnett: 3 seasons, 38-28 with a 3.94 ERA, before he opted out of his contact with the Jays.

Marcus Stroman: 4 seasons, 37-25 record, 3.61 ERA. I’m hoping he’ll be challenging for the top before his career is over.


Who was the best starting pitcher in Jays history?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jim Clancy
    (2 votes)
  • 19%
    Dave Stieb
    (635 votes)
  • 0%
    Pat Hentgen
    (30 votes)
  • 0%
    Jimmy Key
    (24 votes)
  • 0%
    David Wells
    (5 votes)
  • 6%
    Roger Clemens
    (199 votes)
  • 0%
    Juan Guzman
    (21 votes)
  • 68%
    Roy Halladay
    (2173 votes)
  • 0%
    A.J. Burnett
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Marcus Stroman
    (87 votes)
  • 0%
    Someone Else?
    (10 votes)
3190 votes total Vote Now