For the first time since September the Toronto Blue Jays will play a meaningful Baseball game as they start their 37th season with a four game set in Tampa Bay.
The Jays have not won a series at the Trop since April of 2007, and have lost 19 of the 20 series since then, splitting a four game set last May.
As for the opening line-up today it looks like this:
BLUE JAYS STARTING LINEUP
Glad to see that John Gibbons decided to sit lefties Adam Lind and Ryan Goins today. Lind in 39 plate appearances is only hitting 194 against Tampa Bay starter David Price.
5.21, so it’s possible that the Blue Jays can get to him early. Jose Bautista has a career line against Price of .342/.435/.789 in 43 plate appearances and five home runs.
As well , with the news of Casey Janssen going on the DL yesterday, the Jays announced that Sergio Santos would be the one pitching in save situations. No one wants to see injuries hit, but if they have to hit at least they hit an area of the team with tremendous depth.
Unlike the start of last season, there are no expectations really on the Blue Jays, most of the experts have the Jays finishing last in the AL East, I’m not totally in agreement with them. I think there are some bright spots on this team. I think that offensively the Jays can hang with anyone in Baseball. I also think defensively this team is also much improved, having Ryan Goins defence at second from the start of the year is a big bonus as well. Also if the starting rotation can stay healthy they will not be as bad as everyone says they will.
Also the mindset has changed, the players know that jobs are on the line this year. If the Jays have another lousy year it’s possible that Alex Anthopoulos and John Gibbons get shown the door.
I honestly believe that not having the spotlight on them will help them immensely this year, but I also believe that they need to stay healthy. If the injury bug hits again like last season, it’ll most likely be another disappointing year.
In just over two more hours the real games begin and all the talk and speculation of the offseason will become just that talk.
I’m more than ready for this 37th season of Blue Jays baseball to start.
GO BLUE JAYS!