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The Blue Jays just can’t paint a pretty pitcher

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Question: Which pitcher is leading the Blue Jays in wins?

Answer: Sam Gaviglio.

There's the Toronto dilemma in a nutshell.

A bullpen guy atop the wins table. OK, he only has four of them. But that's still at least one more than anybody in the starting rotation.

Sure, Marcus Stroman has pitched far better than the bottom-line stats would indicate, with a 3.31 ERA in 14 starts. He's been the victim of wretched run support.

This is a team that can't hit for beans, putting up just a pair in Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Diamondbacks and scoring two or fewer runs for the sixth time in the last eight games, and for the 27th time this season.

But Toronto's woes begin with their floundering starters, a five-pack that will continue to include the heavily shelled Edwin Jackson when his turn rolls around again in Baltimore next week.

"We don't have anybody else," Charlie Montoyo observed plaintively.

While the manager didn't flat out say so, he certainly implied the Jays had been considering using reliever Thomas Pannone for a spot start. Of course that didn't go so well when last attempted, May 4 in Arlington. Pannone lasted just 21/3 innings, getting pasted with seven runs.

In any event, that plan appears to have been scrubbed because Montoyo went to Pannone on Sunday, for a second consecutive day, after starter Clayton Richard........

© Peterborough Examiner