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After examining the mid-rotation starters until 2000 the other day, we move on to the mid-rotation starters who joined the team for the 2000 season or later. This is a list of guys who have had great seasons for the Blue Jays, and individually could have had seasons pushing them into Territory # 2, but overall, they just weren’t as good as guys on this list.Esteban Loaiza (2000-2002)
The Blue Jays added Loaiza before the trade deadline in 2000, in the unfortunate trade that sent Darwin Cubillan and the future All Star Michael Young to Texas. At the time of the exchange, the Jays were 1.5 games behind first place, in possession of a very powerful attack (it was the year with 7 different players on 20 circuits), and had some bright points on staff to launch but just need a little more. Loaiza came and had a pretty good end of the season (3.62 ERA in 92 innings), but that was not enough to propel the Jays into the playoffs.
His next two seasons in Toronto weren’t as good, as he went 20-21 with a BPM of 5.33 (116 BPM), although his FIP suggests he pitched much better than the results than he obtained, with a score of 4.51 in 2001 and even better 4.19 in 2002 (98 FIP – total over the 2 seasons).
The season after Loaiza left the Jays, he easily had the best season of his career, when he went 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA, finishing in second place from Roy Halladay. He was also the LA pitcher in the All-Star game that year. But he has never been more of a pitcher with the Jays. After his playing career, he made a name for himself by doing not-so-great things.Shaun Marcum (2005-2010)
The Jays drafted Marcum out of college in the third round of the 2003 draft, and he made his way to the Majors fairly quickly. He was in the bullpen in 2005, then spent the next two years splitting time between the paddock and the rotation, achieving a record 15-10 and a GPM of 4.44.
He had a great season in 2008, making 25 starts and a 9-7 record with an average of 3.39 earned runs in 151.1 innings. However, after struggling to stay healthy throughout the second half of the season, he ended up blowing his UCL during a start-up on September 16, and missed the entire 2009 season while he was recovering from Tommy John Surgery.
Fully recovered, Marcum took the ball to the Jays on opening day in 2010 and had another great season. He went 13-8 with a BPM of 3.64 over 195.1 innings, setting up 4.1 bWAR and 3.5 fWAR. In December of that year, the Blue Jays sent him to Milwaukee, bringing Brett Lawrie back.
JA Happ (2012-2014, 2016-2018)
The Blue Jays sent several players to Houston before the 2012 trade deadline, bringing their precious crush to Happ. Happ made 50 starts and 8 other relief appearances in his first stint, dropping 19-20 with a BPM of 4.39. The Jays traded Happ away after the 2014 season, bringing back Michael Saunders from the Mariners.
The Mariners sent him back to Pittsburgh on the trade deadline in 2015, and Happ reorganized his game there. His success as a pirate convinced the Jays to bring him back on a $ 36 million contract over 3 years before the 2016 season.
Happ did not disappoint in its first season, going 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 195.1 innings. He placed 6th in Cy Young’s vote and also had some playoff success that year. He only made a pair of starts, allowing 3 points in 10 innings, winning one against the Rangers but losing to Cleveland.
He was almost as good in his last year and a half, winning 20 more for non-competitive teams and completing his second stint as Blue Jay with a 40-21 record and a GPA of 3.55. Overall, his entire Blue Jay career stands at a record 59-41 with a score of 3.88 ERA, 11.1 fWAR and 10.6 bWAR.
Mark Buehrle (2013-2015)
The Blue Jays brought Buehrle and a host of other Marlins ‘dear Major Leaguers to Jeff Mathis’ unfortunate business in November 2012. The future Hall of Fame ended up being the best player in Toronto, and the only one left on the team when they clinched the playoff spot in 2015. Unfortunately, Buehrle was left out of the playoff list as his season ended and he was clearly out of gas.
Buehrle had a pretty solid 3-year run in Toronto. Overall, he was 40-28 with a 3.78 ERA in 604.1 innings. He crossed the threshold of 200 innings in the first 2 seasons (and 14 consecutive in his career), but lost 4 withdrawals below this mark in 2015, because a last ditch effort on 1 day of rest resulted in 8 points on 0.2 round in match 162.
He started 5 full games and 2 shutouts in his 3 seasons here. In the 4 years since his departure, the Jays have 0 shutouts and only 3 full games – 2 by Marcus Stroman and 1 by Ryan Feierabend, a shortened 5-set rainfall that will hit you on a future Minor Leaguer Sporcle.
Papa Buehrle was a great mentor for young pitchers, especially Stroman. He brought a love of the game and a solid work ethic to the clubhouse, and he was a veteran whom you could actually see providing the coveted but immeasurable presence of veterans.
RA Dickey (2013-2016)
After the Jays pulled out of the Mathis trade, the Jays realized they still had a hole at the top of their rotation, and they traded for the 2012 reigning winner NL Cy Young. This Cy Young winner was a little different, however, as the 38-year-old knuckleballer had just started entering his own, and was obviously not your typical overpowered ace. Nevertheless, Alex Anthopoulos pulled the trigger to send the future ace Noah Syndergaard and the best hope of catching Travis d’Arnaud aux Mets.
The charismatic Dickey had a few solid years in Toronto, totaling a record 49-52 with a GPM of 4.05 in 130 starts. He was also the 2013 AL Gold Glover winner on the mound, showing that he also had some defensive value. This was equivalent to a 7.1 bWAR, but neither does it account for the -2.0 bWAR that his personal catcher Josh Thole also provided to the Jays.
When the Jays finally reached the playoffs in 2015, Dickey was just there to start in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rangers, pitching 4.2 innings while scoring just one point. However, he did not do as well against the Royals in the ALCS, which only lasted 1.2 innings in Game 4 while allowing 5 points to start a 14-2 loss. Dickey was there in 2016, but was closed in September and has never entered the playoffs.
Marco Estrada (2015-2018)
The Jays traded first favorite base player / designated hitter Adam Lind with the Brewers before the 2015 season to add depth to pitch with Marco Estrada. Estrada was supposed to go to the riser enclosure and provide a backup plan if there were holes in the rotation, but mainly be a swingman jumping between the enclosure and the rotation as needed. After a month in the bullpen, he made his first start on May 5 and never left the paddocks for the Blue Jays again.
Estrada and her incredible change had remarkable starts for the Blue Jays, with her best effort in the regular season on June 24 in Tampa Bay. He was perfect in 7 innings, which ultimately made 8.2 innings of 2 hits, without walking or running and 10 strikeouts. His ability to limit hits was incredible, and he led the league in 9 innings in 2015 and 2016. Unfortunately, back problems plagued a lot of his time with the Blue Jays, and he never was able to launch more than 186 rounds. in one of its 4 seasons.
But he was certainly in good health at the time of the playoffs. He started some of the Jays’ biggest games, including eliminating the elimination with gems in game 3 of ALDS 2015 and game 5 of ALCS 2015. In 41.2 playoff heats with Jays, Estrada only allowed 10 earned runs on 29 hits, which is enough for an ERA of 2.16. And when he was on board, he made the hitters absolutely stupid on the plate. ((
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