July 26th to July 27th – St. Louis Cardinals
The Blue Jays and Cardinals will face each other for the first time since April 2017 when the Jays head south to face the Cards for two games in late May. Later in the summer, the two teams will switch places and St. Louis will head to the Rogers Centre for the first time since June of 2014.
Signing a four-year deal with the Cardinals this past offseason, southpaw Steven Matz returns to Toronto after spending one season with the Blue Jays. The former Mets starter had a solid campaign with the club, earning a 3.82 ERA through 29 starts, posting an 8.6 K/9 rate while anchoring the back end of the rotation. The likelihood is low that he will be pitching against the Jays as the Cardinals are only in town for two games but there is the potential Matz is on the mound depending on how the schedule shapes up.
Fans will also get to see the last season of Albert Pujols, who returned to the Cardinals for one last hurrah, as well as All-Stars Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, and Nolan Arenado. Canadian Tyler O’Neill will also be on the Cardinals squad this season.
That being said, rumours should be at an all-time high as the trade deadline is only a week away, so there may be some new faces on the Jays roster and maybe some saying goodbye as clubs get set for the last two months of the season.