WATCH ABOVE: Just days after it was revealed there could be enough financing to bring a baseball team back to Montreal, the Toronto Blue Jay and the Pittsburgh Pirates are facing off in an exhibition game at the Olympic Stadium. Global’s Gloria Henriquez reports.
“It could’ve been any one of the other guys. That’s how deep we are,” Estrada said. “I say they basically had a hat and they just pulled my name out. It just happened to be my turn.”
Toronto and Baltimore both finished 89-73 last year, but the Blue Jays hosted the wild-card game because they won the season series 10-9. That’s how evenly matched these teams are.
And now, after a particularly long spring training, it’s time to get back at it.
“It’s almost like a Broadway play. You do all these rehearsals and then it’s opening,” Showalter said. “There are a lot of different acts to a season, and (Monday) starts act one.”
Just like on Broadway, sometimes the understudy gets a chance to perform. Gausman (9-12, 3.61 ERA in 2016) was selected to start the opener because staff ace Chris Tillman has a sore shoulder and will start the season on the disabled list.