Matt Di Nicolantonio

2019 Toronto Blue Jays Opening Day Roster

2019 Toronto Blue Jays Opening Day Roster

We tend to make a bigger deal out of the Opening Day roster than his necessary. On most teams, a transaction or two always occur within the first week, and most people don’t remember who was on the roster on day one by the time day 73 rolls around. Regardless, these are the 25 guys […]

10 Intriguing Storylines for the 2019 Toronto Blue Jays

10 Intriguing Storylines for the 2019 Toronto Blue Jays

In case you weren’t aware, the Blue Jays were pretty mediocre for about two decades before 2015. There were underachievers, overachievers, and mediocre clubs. Superstars and busts. In the early part of this decade, Jose Bautista was usually the only reason you’d want to tune into a Jays game. Before him was Roy Halladay. Expectations […]

The 7th Inning Stretch Podcast #35: Tomorrow Starts Today

The 7th Inning Stretch Podcast #35: Tomorrow Starts Today

Baseball is back, baby! On the eve of the 2019 season, join Matt Di Nicolantonio and Asher Roth as they discuss all things Blue Jays. Of course, they start with an update on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. When will he arrive? How impactful can he be? What are the ramifications on the rest of the roster? […]

Getting All Your Jays In A Row

Getting All Your Jays In A Row

When I was a kid, I was fascinated with batting order construction. But in the days long before Twitter, it wasn’t so easy to find out how the Blue Jays were lining up on any given day. I loved going to the ballpark, because they’d have the order posted on the screens in the outfield. […]

Dome Disaster: The Recent History of Home Opener Defeats

Dome Disaster: The Recent History of Home Opener Defeats

For many fans, the home opener is the most anticipated game of the season. Whether it’s the team’s first game of the year or not, it’s an exciting day. There’s usually a big pregame ceremony, the players and coaches are introduced down the base line, and it’s a full house no matter how good the […]

Opening Day Roster Projection, Issue II

Opening Day Roster Projection, Issue II

(This post has been edited from its original version to include pregame updates from Montreal.) Last week, I took a look at how the Blue Jays roster was on pace to shape up for Opening Day, which now just sits three days out. Needless to say, a lot has happened in camp since then, with […]

Opening Day Roster Projection: Issue I

We’re just ten days away from the start of the 2019 MLB season, so naturally the rosters are taking shape, with only fringe battles remaining. And projecting who will be lining up along the baselines for player introductions on March 28 is all the rage right now. So I’m adding my two cents as well. […]

If I Was Gibby – Vol. 1

Everyone loves to play manager at home. “Why didn’t he send the runner there?! He’s bringing in THIS guy from the pen? It should be THAT guy?! Drop down a bunt!!” Well in this new segment, I’m going to pretend I am Gibby. When there’s an important roster decision to be made, I’ll put myself in […]

On Deck: Toronto Blue Jays (12-5) @ New York Yankees (8-8)

Following their quick jaunt home to play three games in 28 hours against the Royals, the Blue Jays head to the Bronx for their second four-game series of the season against the Yankees. These two clubs split the first four games of the season, and the Blue Jays have won every series they’ve played since […]

On Deck: Kansas City Royals (3-10) @ Toronto Blue Jays (9-5)

Following a 3-day weather-induced hiatus, the Toronto Blue Jays return to action on Tuesday, kicking off a three-game set at the Rogers Centre against the Kansas City Royals. Following Monday’s surprise postponement, the teams will play a traditional doubleheader, with game 1 starting at 3:07, and the second commencing 30 minutes after its conclusion.