Pardon this graph not having a title — That isn’t an accident. This graph displays the length each Jays starter went in games this season starting with Opening Day (1) and ending with yesterday’s game (21). The goal for you is to guess which Jays starter pitched the length they did in each box. I explain more in the paragraphs below. Enjoy!
First and foremost, Yogi Bear being in this graph does have significance. I’ve been lobbying for the Jays to hire Yogi Bear as their mascot but there’s only one problem — He’s not real. Well, that’s a lie (the first part, that is). But when Yogi Bear was created by Joseph Hanna & William Barbera, he quickly overtook Huckleberry Hound with his all-of-the-sudden popularity. If you think about it, that’s sort of what Kyle Drabek has done so far to the rest of the Jays rotation, right? Well, kind of.
So I took initiative in order to dissect what the Jays starters have done so far this year. The under .500 Blue Jays have been a bit disappointing on the pitching end of things and while their bullpen has been said to be “overused,” the graph shows that it hasn’t. That’s the point of this graph.
To be clearer with this, the numbers in the circles are game by game results by the starting pitchers this year with regard to innings pitched per start. Although innings pitched doesn’t mean much to a pitchers success, it would help to (as I said previously) outline what’s been done so far this year.
NOTE FROM GERSH: As I looked over this, the Jays ‘pen HAS been overused quite a bit as they rank in the top 10 in bullpen innings pitched. However, the point of this graph is not how much or how little the Jays Bullpen has pitched. Thanks everybody for clearing this up.