Is it too early? Is it too cold? Or should the Toronto Blue Jays be concerned?
Let's put it this way: R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson -- the pitchers brought over from the National League to transform the Jays' rotation -- have started twice each. Their ERAs are, in order, 8.44, 10.24 and 11.05.
The Toronto rotation has a 7.59 ERA. That is the worst in the major leagues. The Blue Jays have combined to make three quality starts (six or more innings, three or fewer earned runs) through nine games, courtesy of Dickey, Johnson and Brandon Morrow. I realize the sample size is small. But the Blue Jays need to worry about the state of their overall run prevention (defense included).
One poor game can skew statistics, particularly at this time of year. Buehrle and Johnson pitched in drizzly, miserable conditions at Comerica Park during the last two days, so it's hard to know the significance of the diminished stuff they displayed. Their pitches may become livelier once they re...