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Steven Matz showed why he could be the X-factor the Blue Jays badly need

Before the Toronto Blue Jays opened their season, the biggest question surrounding the team was whether there was anyone in their rotation — aside from Hyun-Jin Ryu — who could be counted on.

Thanks to injuries to Robbie Ray and Nate Pearson, their starting five included a swingman coming off a rough year (Ross Stripling), a guy with 34 MLB innings under his belt and almost no ability to miss bats (T.J. Zeuch), a formerly-productive southpaw who got clobbered on the way to a 9.68 ERA in 2020 (Steven Matz) and a 34-year-old innings eater whose stuff fell off a cliff last season (Tanner Roark).