The Toronto Blue Jays are locked in a dead heat with the rest of the American League East division.
The division currently features five teams, all of which are above the .500 mark.
The Blue Jays are right in the middle of the pack.
But there have been some key reasons for the team’s solid start to the 2023 season, one of which is the depth and strength of their starting rotation.
Jose Berrios, who was acquired from the Minnesota Twins in 2021, has been quite good, especially over his last three starts.
The veteran right-hander has pitched a total of 19 innings, has allowed 11 hits, struck out 18 batters, and posted a 1.42 ERA in his past three starts.
José Berríos over his last 3 starts:
1.42 ERA@BlueJays | #MLBCentral pic.twitter.com/Yk2NtlYbXh
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) April 26, 2023
On Tuesday, Berrios posted some solid numbers against a struggling Chicago White Sox team.
The right-hander went seven innings and allowed no runs on four hits, striking out nine batters and walking just one as the Blue Jays cruised to a 7-0 win over the South Siders.
Needless to say, Berrios has been lights out as of late.
He helped guide the Blue Jays to their 15th win of the year with his dominant outing on Tuesday against the White Sox.
His stats for the 2023 season aren’t great, as he is 2-3 with a 4.71 ERA.
However, the right-hander may have turned the corner with his recent dominance.
If his last three starts are any indication, then the Blue Jays are about to benefit from an elite arm in their rotation, one that already includes Kevin Gausman, Alek Manoah, and Chris Bassitt.NEXT: Kevin Gausman Joined Elite Company With Dominant Start