Toronto Blue Jays: 5 takeaways from the release of 2021 schedule

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3) The long and the short of it

On the subject of home games, the Blue Jays’ longest homestand of the 2021 season will consist of 10 games. Interestingly, there will be three such homestands next year.

The first will take place between May 14-24, versus Philadelphia (three games), Boston (three games) and Tampa Bay (four games). The second 10-game homestand will be between June 24-July 4, against Baltimore (four games), Seattle (three games) and Tampa Bay again (three games).

The final 10-game homestand is scheduled for July 30- Aug. 8, against Kansas City (three games), Cleveland (four games) and Boston (three games). By comparison, the Blue Jays’ shortest homestand will be just three-games, all versus the Yankees between June 15-17.

4) The long and the short of it (part 2)

Long road trips can often by the making or breaking of a team, so it will be intriguing to see how a young and developing Blue Jays roster handles the situation next year. The long stretches away from home often play a big part in building character and chemistry among the players.

Interestingly, Toronto will get their longest road trip of next year out of the way fairly early in the season. They will face 10 games on the road between May 3-13, which will include one precious off-day.

This road trip will see the Blue Jays face Oakland (four games), Houston (three games) and Atlanta (three games). By contrast, their shortest road trip of 2021 will consist of a three-game series versus Detroit between Aug. 27-29.