Jays loaded with starting pitching options 

June, 4, 2010
Last week I wrote about a handful of hitters in the upstart Toronto Blue Jays offense. But their starting pitching simply has been too good, even in the tough pitching environment of the AL East, to ignore. At the risk of making ESPN colleague and resident Blue Jays fan Pierre Becquey giddy, let's look at some of the options:

Shaun Marcum: You could not have scripted a return from Tommy John surgery any better for Marcum, who has gone from not throwing a pitch in the big leagues last year to posting a 2.77 ERA and 1.05 WHIP this season.

That said, it's not as if Marcum hadn't had previous success; he quietly posted a combined 3.77 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 310 1/3 innings and 50 starts in 2007 and 2008. Marcum's numbers would be even better if he hadn't given up four runs to the Rays in the ninth inning of his last start after cruising through the first eight. He was left in a bit too long because of a depleted bullpen that day.