With the new schedule that the Blue Jays will play this year, there will be fewer opportunities against AL East opponents than there have been before. With that being said, there will also be more of an emphasis to win the games against teams like the Yankees in April to potentially take the stress off of Toronto in September.
After yesterday’s walk-off loss, the Jays bounced back and defeated the Yankees 5-1 on Sunday afternoon and won the first series of the season against the team from the Bronx.
Blue Jays Nation’s Player of the Game: Kevin Gausman
Gausman’s last start in Houston went abnormally awry, as he allowed seven earned runs over 4.2 innings with six of those runs coming in the opening frame. Without being in the pitcher’s room, I’d say Gausman probably didn’t need to make too many adjustments since Houston has always been a talented lineup. There was, however, a concern over the lack of chase from his splitter which likely led to him noticeably using the fastball more today as his put-away pitch. Of his eleven strikeouts today, six came on his fastball and five came on his splitter.
Don’t get me wrong, the splitter was still elite as always this afternoon. Nobody knew it more than rookie A …
Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation