John Gibbons revealed a lot about the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays during the team’s State of the Franchise event, nailing down his starting rotation before he saw a single pitch thrown by any one of his starters. It was a foregone conclusion that R.A. Dickey would get the ball for the opener, but Gibbons shocked many when he named Brandon Morrow as the number two starter over Josh Johnson.
It should not have been all that shocking.
Despite making just 21 starts in 2012, Morrow was clearly the ace of the Blue Jays staff last season, posting a 10-7 record, with a 2.96 ERA, a 7.8 K/9 ratio, and a 3.2 bWAR. Quite frankly, Morrow was the sole reasonably sound starter to take the mound for Toronto last year and as a sign of faith to the holdovers from the 2012 squad, Morrow was rewarded as such.