Yesterday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays opened up their season against the Detroit Tigers inside of a packed Rogers Centre. The energy was high, the atmosphere was electric and the fans were loud. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays didn’t really give their fans much to cheer about. The Jays haven't had the best track record in recent years when it comes to season openers, not having won a season-opening game since 2011 when they beat the Minnesota Twins 13-3. Yesterday's was no different - the Detroit Tigers squeezed out a 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Over 45,000 fans watched on as the Blue Jays struggled to hit the ball. Inning after inning, fans waited anxiously - for a line drive, a home run, something that was going to bring life back into the Rogers Centre. They had to wait until the 7th inning to record their first hit. Teoscar Hernandez hit a single and finally got a Blue Jay on base. Justin Smoak struck out right after to end the inning.
Later on, in the 9th inning, Jays fans got another taste of excitement when Brandon Drury singled to deep left field, putting the Jays in a position to potentially get the winning run. But, that excitement ended when Randal Grichuk struck out and Hernandez hit a pop fly to end the inning and send it into extras.
Finally, Daniel Hudson came in to pitch the 10th inning, giving up a double and a home-run facing his first two batters, and that was that.
There is one positive to take away from the first game of the season, though, and that would be the pitching. Up until Hudson entered the game, the Jays' pitching was on point. Marcus Stroman seemed to be in a groove, going 7 innings, striking out 7 batters, only allowing 2 hits and no runs. Biagini and Giles followed in Stroman’s footsteps, striking out all 3 batters in the two innings they pitched.
Despite their strong pitching, many fans couldn’t help but feel disappointed with the Jays' performance on Thursday. Some fans already seem to have the feeling that yesterday's game was a sign of a mediocre season to come.
Long season ahead #BlueJays— MarkLauriola (@MarkLauriola) March 29, 2019
Well that first #BlueJays game was shit— Thomas Georgiou (@TJGeorgiou) March 29, 2019
I’m not too excited about #BlueJays because the way their team is set up it’s going to be a “disaster” season😒— 🌈NathanSchell🍁 (@NathanWSchell) March 29, 2019
Better make those beers $2.50 if you don’t want an empty stadium in June. Thanks again for replacing a playoff team with this garbage, Shapiro and Atkins.— Andrew Thomson (@AGThomson10) March 28, 2019
In the end, it's a little too early to jump to conclusions. This is game 1 out of 162 and there’s a lot more baseball to be played. The Jays take on the Tigers again tonight at 7:07 PM, a chance to redeem themselves and cheer those Jays fans up.