Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training Preview for the 2021 Regular Season
The Toronto Blue Jays made it to the playoffs last season as the eighth seed in the American League. Toronto was swept in a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays, but this was a good experience for them to taste some postseason baseball.
The Blue Jays are going to be one of the favorites to not only win the American League East, but maybe the World Series. Toronto has not done that since 1993 against the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.
The Toronto Blue Jays are going to have one of the most talented offenses in all of baseball. Toronto is going to need solid pitching in order to make it back to the playoffs this season.
Charlie Montoyo is the Blue Jays manager. General manager Ross Atkins has done a wonderful job tooling this roster around. This roster is also relatively young and is also ready to win a World Series title now.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Nate Pearson, Robbie Ray, Steven Matz, and Tanner Roark will be the projected starting rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays. Pearson has the potential to pop in his second season as a starting pitcher and could become the ace by the end of the season.
Steven Matz was acquired in a trade from the New York Mets this past offseason.
Kirby Yates, Jordan Romano, Rafael Dolls, Ryan Borucki, and David Phelps will be some of the key relievers in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen. It is unknown at this time who will be the team’s closer, but it will most likely be Yates.
(C) Danny Jensen, (1B) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., (2B) Marcus Semien, (3B) Cavan Biggio, (SS) Bo Bichette, (LF) Lourdes Gurriel Jr., (CF) George Springer, (RF) Randal Grichuk, and (DH) Rowdy Tellez.
Two key backups on this roster is going to be infielder Joe Panik and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez.
Guerrero Jr. is the heartbeat of the Toronto Blue Jays. He provides the most pop on this baseball team. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is always a threat to hit the ball out of the ballpark anytime he comes up to the plate.
Biggio and Bichette are two of the better hitters on this ball club. They are more contact hitters than power hitters, but they both can also steal bases.
Springer played with the Houston Astros last season. He signed a contract with them this offseason. The deal was a six-year deal worth $150 million.
Semien played last season with the Oakland Athletics. He signed a one-year deal this past offseason with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Sunday February 28th: First spring training game against the New York Yankees.
Thursday April 1st: First game of the regular season on the road against the New York Yankees.
Thursday April 8th: First homer game of the regular season against the Los Angeles Angels in Dunedin, Florida. They played home games last season in Buffalo, New York. Toronto will play at least the first month of the season in Dunedin, Florida, due to the Canadian border being closed due to the coronavirus.
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