Red Sox vs the AL East: relief pitching

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Aug 13, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil (27) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

3. Toronto Blue Jays

Like the rest of the teams in the division, Toronto has a group of quality late-inning relievers with closer Brett Cecil (2.70 ERA, 12.8 K/9, 4.5 BB/9), Aaron Loup (3.15 ERA, 7.3 K/9, 3.9 BB/9), and rookie sensation Aaron Sanchez (1.09 ERA, 7.4 K/9, 2.5 BB/9). However, none of those names really jump out as being truly exceptional relievers; Cecil has great stuff but terrible control and, while Sanchez dominated last season, he might remove himself from their bullpen entirely and start for the Jays this season.

Plus, behind those front three, the Jays don’t have much, with some combination of swingman Todd Redmond (3.24 ERA, 7.2 K/9, 3.2 BB/9), Steve Delabar (who posted a 4.91 ERA last season and saw his BB/9 rise to 6.7), and Chad Jenkins (2.56 ERA, 5.1 K/9, 1.7 BB/9) likely to hold down the fort. The Blue Jays might not have the top-notch talent of the other teams on this list, but decent depth and a solid front three should give the team at least an average group.