First off, I’d like to thank everyone for a warm welcome to Getting Blanked. I’ll be a weekly contributor from here on out, and I’m ecstatic about the opportunity. I am a columnist at Beyond the Box Score and my contributions to Getting Blanked will be similar to those that I do over at BtB. You can also follow me on Twitter: @Dave_Gershman

The Jays bullpen is an interesting one to say the least. Following an off-season in which they lost Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg, Alex Anthopoulos took initiative and fixed what was a semi-depleted bullpen. With the signings of Jon Rauch and Octavio Dotel and the acquisition of Carlos Villanueva to go along with re-signing Jason Frasor, John Farrell should have no problems feeling comfortable with the right handed heavy revamped pen.

In terms of projection systems, I personally like to use Marcel. Their basic forecasting system seems to get pitchers more accurately than hitters which is why I use them for projecting certain bullpens. Thus, in terms of FIP (fielding independent pitching), as well as walks per nine innings and strikeouts per nine innings, I’ve gone with Marcel’s projections for the Jays pen.