What we learned about the new-look Blue Jays during their first series of 2023

The Toronto Blue Jays opened the season against a strong St. Louis Cardinals squad, featuring two of the top players in the National League, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, while also having one of the most potent lineups in the league throughout the starting nine and a strong pitching corps that should be one of the top teams in the league.

After three games, the Jays walked away with the series loss, winning the first game on Thursday 10-9 before dropping Saturday and Sunday’s contest to the Cardinals, losing 4-1 and 9-4 respectively.
Opening Day was a back-and-forth contest between both squads, with the lead changed hands multiple times before the Jays rallied in the ninth to take the lead with closer Jordan Romano shutting down the Cardinals in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win. The Saturday affair saw the Blue Jays bats struggle against an inconsistent start from Jack Flaherty while Chris Bassitt struggled in his Jays debut yesterday, allowing nine runs while Toronto could only counter with four runs of their own.
Starting Pitching
Alek Manoah got the nod for Opening Day and struggled through 3 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits, two home runs and five earned runs while striking out three batters. The right-hander was wild with his command and left a few balls over the plate that got hit hard, although t …

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Author: Tyson Shushkewich / Blue Jays Nation

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