April 13-15 – Minnesota Twins at Blue Jays
Yes, I know mid-April at the Rogers Centre isn’t the most scintillating of times, but if you can look past the dreariness, there is some really important baseball being played. The Twins are what the Blue Jays are trying to become; perennial contenders built around a young core that find ways to eek out victories.
In fact, Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli and Blue Jays’ bench boss Charlie Montoyo are old friends, going back to when Baldelli played under the managerial reign of Montoyo at Class A Bakersfield in the California League. Also, a former Blue Jays superstar will be making his second return to Toronto, as Josh Donaldson will be welcomed back to the Rogers Centre again, this time as a member of the Twins. Historically, the Blue Jays have had the Twins’ number, going 42-26 against them in the 2010s.
Actually, that “42” serves as a great segue into my next point, as the final game of this series will take place on Jackie Robinson Day, where all players and managers will honour the immense courage and bravery shown by Robinson over his 10-year career by wearing No. 42. Are the Blue Jays on the level of competing with the New York Yankees for divisional titles yet? Probably not, but matching up with the Twins could act as a measuring stick to see how far off they truly are.