Find out which seven series bring the most intrigue for the Toronto Blue Jays’ upcoming 2020 campaign. Is 2020 the year they can return to the playoffs?
Well, folks, February is upon us, and that means one thing; there will be baseball played this month. In what has been one of the most tenuous off-seasons in recent memory, the Toronto Blue Jays watched two of their American League foes be brought to their knees by sanctions related to the sign-stealing scandal.
With a new ace in the fold and 162 games of Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to look forward to, can the Blue Jays take advantage of tumultuous times in Houston and Boston and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016? Let’s talk about seven stretches of spring and summer during which this question could very well be answered.
March 26-29 – Boston Red Sox at Blue Jays
In what is the most logical place to start, the eyes of the baseball world will descend upon the Rogers Centre as Blue Jays open the season with a three-game set against the now Alex Cora-less Boston Red Sox.
Indeed, Cora and the Sox “mutually agreed to part ways” following the bombshell that was the sign-stealing scandal, which left a trail of bodies from Houston to Beantown, with a pitstop in Queens on the way. Cora’s departure and the search for a new manager aren’t the only stories brewing on Jersey Street, either.
In a blockbuster, three-team trade, OF Mookie Betts and P David Price were cast off to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Boston netted OF Alex Verdugo (from Dodgers), who could foreseeably slide right into the spot vacated by Betts in right field, and pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol (from Twins).
With Chris Sale coming off of his worst season in the bigs and the health of Nathan Eovaldi in question as well, the Red Sox face many uncertainties in the new decade. They could feasibly contend for an AL East title, or bottom out and blow it up even further come June. Either way, there will be no shortage of storylines surrounding those in the visiting dugout come March 26.
On the other side of the diamond, however, things seem to be a little rosier. This series could very well bring Blue Jays fans their first glimpses of not only prized offseason signing Hyun-Jin Ryu, but also Tanner Roark and Chase Anderson, in what is a completely revamped rotation.