The 2021 Blue Jays home opener has arrived however, it has a different feel from past seasons. The Blue Jays will play their regular-season home opener in Dunedin, Florida at TD Bank Park, the home of the organizations’ spring training facilities. The Blue Jays will welcome the Los Angeles Angels to TD Bank Park for a four-game series, the Blue Jays are in the midst of a 16 games in 16 days stretch.
The Jays were hoping to have outfielder George Springer back in the lineup to make his team debut, Springer has been out with an oblique strain since the final week of spring training. The Blue Jays free-agent acquisition now has a separate injury after feeling tightness while running the bases during his rehab, he has undergone an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
Right-hand pitcher Robbie Ray is expected to return for Toronto, he has been battling an elbow injury since the final week of spring training after slipping and falling down a set of stairs.
2021 Blue Jays: Home Opener
The 2021 Blue Jays home opener in Dunedin, Florida at the newly renovated TD Bank Park is scheduled for 7:07 PM Eastern Time. The Toronto Blue Jays will have 15% fan capacity for the first home game of the season.
The Blue Jays will have right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling on the mound for the home opener. This will be his second start of the 2021 season after recording the loss in his first outing. Ross Stripling recorded five strikeouts and has an 8.10 ERA heading into his second start.
The Los Angeles Angels will have right-handed pitcher Griffin Canning on the mound against the Blue Jays. Canning was originally supposed to start in the series prior to facing Toronto but his start was pushed back three days, this will be his first start of the 2021 season.
The Toronto Blue Jays have looked strong in their first two series of the 2021 season, they defeated the Yankees twice and they now have a 3-3 record after losing two of three games to the Texas Rangers. The Blue Jays bats have been hot since day one and they will only continue to get better as they get deeper into the season.
2021 Blue Jays: Game Two Preview
Game two of three in the Blue Jays home-opening series is scheduled for Friday, April 9, 2021, first pitch is slated for 7:07 PM Eastern time. The Blue Jays will have 15% fan capacity again when they take on the Angels.
The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to have Steven Matz start the second game in the four-game series with the Angels. Steven Matz was stellar in his Toronto Blue Jays debut and the Blue Jays will hope for the same outing from the left-hander.
The Los Angeles Angels will counter with left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney. Andrew lost his first start of 2021 against the Chicago White Sox, he has a 21.00 ERA and 4 strikeouts.
Toronto will need to keep the bats alive and continue to score runs, this will help ease the pressure on the pitchers and allows them to play their style of baseball. The Blue Jays have shown their ability to score runs in bunches and will need to continue to do so in their home-opening series.
2021 Blue Jays: Game Three Preview
Game three against the Los Angeles Angels will be on Saturday, April 10, the first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 PM Eastern Time. This will be the Blue Jays eighth game in eight days, they"ll have another eight games in eight days to complete their 16 games in 16 days stretch.
The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to start T.J Zeuch who will get his second start of the 2021 MLB season. Zeuch threw four scoreless innings in his first start of the season finishing with one strikeout. Zeuch will look to build off his first start and he"s still searching for his first win of the 2021 season.
The Los Angeles Angels have not confirmed or announced their expected starter for the third game of the series. The Blue Jays could get either Dylan Bundy or the exciting Shohei Ohtani, whichever pitcher doesn"t start the third game will likely start the fourth and final game of the series.
2021 Blue Jays: Game Four Preview
The fourth and final game of the home opening series for the Toronto Blue Jays will be on Sunday, April 11, 2021, the first pitch is scheduled for 1:07 PM Eastern Time. The Blue Jays will look to take the series if all goes right in the first three games.
The Toronto Blue Jays have not made any announcements regarding who will start the series finale however, if right-handed pitcher Robbie Ray is ready this would likely be the spot that we see him make his 2021 season debut.
The Los Angeles Angels have not made an official announcement as of yet, it"s expected the Shohei Ohtani or Dylan Bundy will get the ball for the final game in Dunedin, Florida.
The Blue Jays will have the New York Yankees in Dunedin, Florida following their four-game series against the Angels. The Blue Jays defeated the Yankees in Yankee Stadium in their opening series of 2021.
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