The Toronto Blue Jays' early season success has been aided by the impressive performance of relievers Chad Green, Yimi García, and a surprising standout, Trevor Richards.

By the Numbers
  • Chad Green and Yimi García combined for 11.1 innings of 2.38 ERA ball with a win probability added total of +0.81.
  • Trevor Richards has a 2.70 ERA and an expected ERA of 1.95, with only three hits allowed early in the 2024 campaign.
Yes, But

Skepticism of Richards' strong start is warranted due to his past struggles in 2022 and 2023, with a 5.40 ERA during relief outings.

State of Play
  • Richards has significantly improved the movement and effectiveness of his changeup, leading to impressive results in the early part of the season.
  • He has debuted a new pitch with unbelievable movement, using it 63.2% of the time and producing some of the best contact-quality numbers in the majors after years of flailing in that area.
  • Richards' altered changeup has been better for earning called strikes and inducing soft contact than consistently missing bats.
What's Next

When Romano and Swanson return, Richards may not be needed to pitch in high-leverage spots, returning to the role Toronto imagined for him prior to the season.

Bottom Line

Richards' modified changeup has widened his range of potential outcomes for the 2024 season, offering the Blue Jays a more promising outlook for his performance.