The Breakdown

2014 Blue Jays: bullpen busts

Sergio Santos. (Paul Battaglia/AP)
May 13, 2014, 10:58 AM

Remember how last year was a start-to-finish disaster for the Toronto Blue Jays? Well, turns out the Jays’ bullpen should look back on 2013 as the good ol’ days. Across a slew of key stats heading into Monday night’s game, Jays relievers and closers are weaker than a year ago, and worse off measured against the league average. (Though they do, as you’ll see, have a handy extra 0.1 mph on their collective fastball. Hooray.) All this makes it so much better for the Bluebirds that closer Casey Janssen is finally in action, pitching the 9th in a winning effort against the Angels—having spent the entire season so far on the DL.

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