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Poll time: Who should the Blue Jays call up to fill out the starting rotation?

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This morning, while trying to wrap my head a 2-10 start, and reading Twitter opinions on why they have gotten off to the bad start (not enough bunting or not enough at bats in spring training or players going to the WBC (we were the only team to send players) or not having Edwin has ruined team chemistry), I started thinking about who the Jays would call up to take Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ’s spots in the starting rotation.

Oh I forgot, (and I figured that last sentence was long enough) some figure calling up Rowdy Tellez is the answer to fixing the team. Tellez is hitting .206/.270/.382 with 3 home runs. You will likely remember he hit 2 home runs opening day. Let’s let him play in Buffalo for a bit.

Anyway, back to potential starters.....

Buffalo has had 6 different pitchers make starts TJ House, Jarrett Grube, Brett Oberholtzer, Mat Latos and, making one start each, Casey Lawrence and Matt Dermody. I’m taking the guess that Dermody, who really just made an emergency start, isn’t a candidate.

Right now, I’d be thinking about making Joe Biagini a starter, but we would still need someone to come up from fill the second spot. Let’s take a look:

T.J. House: He’s 27, a lefty. Has made 2 starts for Buffalo. He leads the team in innings pitched with 11.2, allowing 5 hits, 1 earned, 5 walks with 12 strikeouts. He only pitched 3.2 innings in spring training (5 hits, 2 earned, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts). He’s made 22 MLB starts (5 relief appearances), with a 4.44 ERA, with 34 walks and 89 strikeouts.

Jarrett Grube: A 35 year old right-hander. He’s made 2 starts, 11 innings, 8 hits, 3 earned, 1 walk and 10 strikeouts. He pitched 5 innings this spring, 5 hits, 3 earned, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts. He’s only pitch once in the majors, back in 2014.

Brett Oberholtzer: A 27 year old lefty. He’s made 2 starts, 9 innings, 8 hits, 1 earned, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts. He pitched 5.1 innings this spring, allowing 11 hits, 8 earned, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts. He’s pitched in 82 major league games, 44 starts, 4.36 ERA. in 324 innings, he’s allowed 41 home runs, 87 walks and 220 strikeouts.

Mat Latos: A 29 year old right-hander. He’s at 2 starts, 9 innings, 7 hits, 1 earned, 6 walks and 9 strikeouts. He pitched 14.2 spring innings, with 13 hits, 11 earned, 5 home runs, 8 walks and 9 strikeouts. It didn’t go well. He’s made 186 major league starts (with 8 relief appearances). He has a career 71-58 record with a 3.60 ERA. Last year he made 12 starts, and 5 relief appearances, split between the Nationals and White Sox. He had a 4.89 ERA in 70 innings, with 74 hits, 11 home runs, 30 walks and 42 strikeouts.

Casey Lawrence: Well, you know him now, he has a step up in that he is on the 40-man roster. He made 1 start in Buffalo, 3 innings, 3 hits, 0 earned, 0 walks and 4 strikeouts. He had a good start to spring training, and a poor finish. He had 16.1 innings, 16 hits, 7 earned, 2 home runs, 7 walks and 11 strikeouts.

I figured Mike Bolsinger might be a candidate. He’s pitched 4.1 innings, in 2 relief appearance, giving up 7 hits, 2 earned, just 1 walk with 7 strikeouts.

Let’s have a poll.


Who should the Jays call up first to fill a rotation spot?

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    T.J. House
    (307 votes)
  • 1%
    Jarrett Grube
    (21 votes)
  • 5%
    Brett Oberhotzer
    (86 votes)
  • 24%
    Mat Latos
    (415 votes)
  • 39%
    Casey Lawrence
    (677 votes)
  • 5%
    Mike Bolsinger
    (91 votes)
  • 6%
    Someone else
    (114 votes)
1711 votes total Vote Now