Blue Jays fans, here is your Opening Day starting lineup
By Eric Treuden
The Blue Jays have released their Opening Day starting lineup.
The moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived. The Toronto Blue Jays have released their lineup for the Opening Day matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Everything seems to be as expected for the first lineup of the year. George Springer will once again lead things off, continuing his reign as one of the best leadoff hitters in recent memory.
Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the two faces of the Blue Jays, will bat second and third as the club's best hitters. Somewhat surprisingly, Daulton Varsho, one of the newest members of the Jays, will bat in the cleanup spot. This spot is typically left for the team's biggest home run hitters, so this is an interesting look into how the Jays view Varsho moving forward.
2022 All-Star Game starter Alejandro Kirk is the catcher in the season opener. He is going to be in a 50/50 split with fellow backstop Danny Jansen for the majority of the team's games in the regular season. Here's to hoping they are both able to stay healthy as the season marches on.
Brandon Belt, finally healthy again, will bat sixth as the club's designated hitter. The Jays are hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with the aging veteran. He will function as a DH and first baseman on days Guerrero needs a breather as the season drags on.
Matt Chapman, one of the best defensive third basemen of this generation, is batting seventh. The 2023 campaign will be crucial for him as he is a pending free agent. If he performs well, he not only secures a payday, but will help the Blue Jays offense in a big way.
Whit Merrifield and Kevin Kiermaier round out the starting lineup. Merrifield has officially secured the starting second base spot for the season, which was to be expected. Kiermaier, another A-plus defender, is the club's weakest hitter but even he has double-digit home run potential.
This is the group that will back up staff ace Alek Manoah, who will be making his first Opening Day start. The 25-year-old is an early Cy Young favorite for the Jays and is looking to start the Blue Jays' season off on the right foot.