Blue Jays set rotation around No. 1 Dickey
TORONTO -- Manager John Gibbons unveiled the order of his newly revamped rotation at the Blue Jays' annual State of the Franchise event at Rogers Centre on Tuesday night.
As expected, reigning National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, whom the Blue Jays acquired from the Mets in a seven-player trade in December, will get the ball Opening Day, April 2, at home against Cleveland.
Following Dickey will be right-hander Brandon Morrow, lefty Mark Buehrle, righty Josh Johnson and southpaw Ricky Romero, who was Toronto's Opening Day starter in 2012.
It was assumed that Dickey would be tabbed as the No. 1 starter, with Romero slotted fifth, but the middle part of the rotation was a bit of a mystery. Not only will the Blue Jays split up their lefties and righties, but the club will also strategically position the rotation's various styles.
Dickey is a knuckleballer, while Morrow and Johnson, the team's power arms, will be separated by the soft-tossing Buehrle.