A few smaller questions
I could probably keep you here all day with questions that the Blue Jays will face in 2020, but I thought I’d finish off with a bit of a quick-hits section.
If they’re combining the AL and NL East, does that mean we’ll see the Blue Jays face off against Marcus Stroman this year?
Assuming he’s healthy when they reach that part of the schedule, I’m guessing the Blue Jays will get to face their former starter. It’s a shame there won’t be any fans in the stands, or that the game almost assuredly won’t take place at the Rogers Centre, but it should be a fun game to tune in for anyway.
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Will we see Austin Martin in the big leagues this year?
I mean, after the way 2020 has gone I’m not going to give you a definitive no, but I would count that as a major surprise. He’s going to need some time in the minor leagues before he’s ready, but he should be a very exciting player when that day comes. Just don’t expect it to be in 2020.
Do the Blue Jays have a chance?
Maybe? I mean, I wouldn’t say the odds are stacked in their favour with the way the divisions have lined up. They’ll compete against playoff contenders in the Yankees, Rays, and Red Sox in their own division, and they’ll also get the defending World Series champs in the Nationals (who had extra time to rest), the real-deal Braves, and a pair of teams in the Mets and Phillies that have real potential.
However, with a 60-game season, it’s going to be about who gets hot at the right time. The shorter the schedule, the more opportunity for wild cards in the results, especially if players start contracting the virus and have to sit out. I don’t expect the Blue Jays to make the playoffs, especially if it’s just 10 teams, but crazier things have happened.