|Matt Clement *||9.0||3.38||5||4|
|Brad Mills *||8.2||3.29||2||5|
|Scott Richmond *||4.0||4.50||1||5|
|Casey Janssen *||3.0||0.00||0||3|
Clearly, Matt Clement is one of the early favourites to win a spot. In 2 starts and 1 relief appearance, Clement has put together a respectable 3.38 ERA in 9 innings pitched. Brad Mills is not too far behind, with a 3.29 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched so far this season. The Blue Jays young guns Cecil and Romero have the most SO’s so far with 10 and 9 respectively, but with higher ERA’s.
I’m thinking that the Blue Jays are now leaning towards leaving Casey Janssen in the bullpen this year, as he has yet to start a spring training game. In 2 relief appearances, Janssen has been flawless with a perfect ERA to date.
I still think it’s too early to say whether or not Scott Richmond will make the squad. His 2 appearances and 4 innings pitched are too small a sample size to judge if he has what it takes to hold down a starting rotation spot. Maybe if he had a chance to pitch in the World Baseball Classic, we could’ve seen what Richmond is capable of. But I honestly think if Scott Richmond is given the chance, he can perform well.
So if I had to pick the 4th and 5th starting pitchers at this point in spring training, I would say that Matt Clement and Brett Cecil would make the Opening Day roster. But we still have almost 4 weeks of preseason action, and a lot can happen between now and then. Who knows, maybe Brad Mills could sneak his way onto the bullpen or Brett Cecil could begin his journey become the next David Price. That's why they say anything can happen in baseball!