May 16th to May 18th – Seattle Mariners
Marcus Semien is not the only former Blue Jays player coming back to play Toronto this season.
Southpaw Robbie Ray returns to the Rogers Centre for a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners to start the third week of May. While there is no guarantee Ray will pitch against the Jays, fans will remember the former Diamondback had a fantastic 2021 season with the club that saw him pitch to a 2.84 ERA through 32 starts that earned him the AL Cy Young Award, the first Blue Jay to bring home the honour since Roy Halladay back in 2003.
Former closer Ken Giles is also with the Mariners this year after missing all of last season on the IL due to Tommy John surgery. He is currently going to miss the next few weeks with a separate tendon issue in his finger so it is currently up in the air whether he will be making the trip to Canada.
The Mariners should be in the mix for the top spot in the AL West and fans will get to see potential Rookie of the Year candidate Julio Rodriguez and Canadian pitcher Matt Brash, who earned a spot in the starting rotation to begin the 2022 campaign. However, longtime Mariners’ third baseman Kyle Seager will not be with the club after retiring this past offseason.
For those of you interested in promotions, the first game of the series on Monday night is Jose Berrios new blue replica jersey giveaway night.