The Toronto Blue Jays have recently had the worst bullpen in baseball. They had the third-best bullpen by ERA from Opening Day through May 13, as they had an ERA of 2.87. Since then, the Blue Jays have a bullpen ERA of 5.27, which is 27th in baseball in that span.
There’s a reason why MLB.com’s Mike Petriello tweeted this on Friday night.
With the exception of their current closer Jordan Romano and possibly Trent Thornton (3.38 ERA but a 4.70 FIP), the Blue Jays don’t have a reliever that has been consistently good.
Former Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood, for example, and has been in their bullpen. He has an ERA of 4.50 and while his FIP suggests he has had some bad luck (3.71), he has the same problem that he had when he was a Rockie: a high walk rate (5.6 BB/9).
Much of the rest of their bullpen is very young and inexperienced as well.
Would the Blue Jays be interested in Rockies relievers Daniel Bard and Mychal Givens?
Ian Hunter of The Daily Hive recently suggested that the Blue Jays trade for Bard (h/t Renee Dechert of Purple Row and the Rockies Pitch newsletter) and you can see why the Blue Jays should be interested.