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Who Needs a Closer?

The Toronto Blue Jays went more than a month without a save or a saving situation. For 34 games covering a span of 38 days the Blue Jays did not have a save, or a blown save.

For that 5 week period, the Jays had only 1 game in which there could have been a save opportunity. That game was started by Mark Buehrle. Manager John Gibbons also allowed the game to be finished by Buehrle for the 32nd complete game in his 16 year career.

Apr 2, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (56) against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It was the longest such drought in the major leagues since 2002. The Baltimore Orioles went the final 36 games of that season with no save opportunities, and very few wins. In Toronto’s case do not mistake few save chances for few wins. In fact, it is just the opposite. Contained in that stretch of games were enough wins to vault them back into contention in the American League East as well as an 8 game straight winning streak.

But, overall the bullpen has been a source of problems and concerns for the Blue Jays. And make no mistake about it, the answer to the question posed in the title of this article is the Toronto Blue Jays. If they truly want to contend this season they will make a least 1 trade for some bullpen help. If they have aspirations of making the play-offs, then they need to sign an actual closer.

It will be interesting who they trade for, who they give up, and will that player or players put them over the top in a very competitive American League East.

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