Blue Jays close in on 104-year-old MLB record with starting pitcher usage

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Toronto Blue Jays Starting Pitcher T.J. Zeuch (71) pitches in the first inning during the MLB game between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays on September 10, 2019 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Toronto Blue Jays Starting Pitcher T.J. Zeuch (71) pitches in the first inning during the MLB game between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays on September 10, 2019 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

When the Toronto Blue Jays handed T.J. Zeuch the ball to start Tuesday’s game, it marked a pair of minor but perhaps connected milestones.

For the 24-year-old Zeuch, it was the first time making a start at the major league level. The former first round pick appeared in four innings of relief behind an opener, but for this was the first official start.

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For the Blue Jays, he was another in a long line of different names and numbers to throw the first pitch in a game this season. He was the 20th different pitcher to record a start for the team in 2019, which is second most in major league history behind only the 1915 Philadelphia Athletics. The 1967 New York Mets also used 20 starters, and not so coincidentally finished the season with a 61-101 record.

Sharing the honour along with Zeuch are Anthony Kay, Ryan Feierabend, Neil Ramirez, Buddy Boshers, David Phelps, Daniel Hudson, Ryan Borucki, Derek Law, Edwin Jackson, Matt Shoemaker, Sean Reid-Foley, Thomas Pannone, Clay Buchholz, Wilmer Font, Clayton Richard, Jacob Waguespack, Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, and Trent Thornton.

Zeuch lasted 4.2 innings against the Red Sox, allowing three earned runs, six hits, and three walks.

Toronto held on for a 4-3 victory.

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