Looking to make his Marc

It’ll be a record-setting day tomorrow when the Blue Jays take the field in Tampa Bay for their series opener against the Rays. And that record will be set by Marc Rzepczynski

The 23-year-old left-hander will be the fifth different starting pitcher to make his Major League debut for the Blue Jays in 2009. That bests the four different debuts made in – wait for it – Toronto’s inaugural season back in 1977.

After it was announced that Brad Mills wouldn’t make the start due to bruised ribs, the Jays decided on Rzepczynski. And while there were certainly other options, the 23-year-old seems like a solid choice. After all, he’s been pretty dominant for much of the year down in the minors.

In 16 starts this year (14 at Double-A and two at Triple-A), the lefty has gone 9-5 with a 2.66 ERA, posting an impressive 104 strikeouts in 88 innings of work while holding the opposition to a .254 average. In his first two starts at Triple-A Las Vegas, Rzepczynski struck out 16 in 11.1 IP. Meanwhile, at Double-A New Hampshire, he posted a 2.58 groundout-to-flyout ratio.

The 23-year-old gets his first taste of the big leagues tomorrow …

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