After a painfully long winter, it’s almost time for Opening Day and the start to another season of baseball. Here are five bold Blue Jays predictions for the 2019 season.
1. Aaron Sanchez makes AL Cy Young voting list
The Blue Jays starting rotation enters the 2019 season with a great deal of uncertainty. Whether it’s injury concerns or lack of consistent success, not one of the projected Blue Jays starters can be trusted upon for a good season.
That being said, the Blue Jays have a pitcher that when healthy, has the makings of a true ace – one that can carry the rotation throughout the course of a long season. That pitcher is Aaron Sanchez.
Sanchez flashed his tantalizing potential in 2016 when he had a 3.00 ERA in 192 innings. In the past two seasons, Sanchez has failed to stay healthy due to a multitude of finger-related injuries.
However, none of these injuries are particularly concerning as they seem to lack the potential of future re-occurrences. All reports coming out of Spring Training seem to indicate a healthy Aaron Sanchez and with a little more luck staying healthy, Sanchez has all the tools to orchestrate an ace-caliber 2019 season.