Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 3:37 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, ON
Jordan Zimmermann (2018: 7-8, 4.52, 1.26) vs. Marcus Stroman (2018: 4-9, 5.54, 1.47)
Well, it's finally here. Opening Day. Vladimir Guerrero's Jr. debut. (*someone whispers into ear* What, he's not up yet? But, Eloy's up. Tatis is up.) Okay, how about Bo Bichette's debut? No? Dude hit .800 all spring with umpteen HRs. But he's down on the farm?
Okay, scratch that. Let's try again...
Well, it's finally here. Opening Day. Fresh grass, clean and sleek baselines, etc. What? It's not fresh grass? *throws laptop out of the window*
You get the idea. It's Opening Day at Rogers Stadium, which means half of the fans will be soused and getting into fights in the stands while (mostly) ignoring the uninspiring action on the field where just about the only players most non-brawling fans would know are named Miguel Cabrera and Kevin Pillar, surrounded by a cast of thousands of no-name players.
Jordan Zimmermann takes the ball for the Tigers while his counterpart, Marcus Stroman, is looking to bounce back after a sub-optimal year punctuated by injuries.
Your official Opening Day 25-man roster is here:
Farewell, Kendrys. He was traded to Oakland to create some extra roster flexibility, and
OFFICIAL: We've acquired Minor League INF Jesus Lopez and international signing bonus pool space from the @Athletics in exchange for DH/1B Kendrys Morales and cash considerations.— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) March 28, 2019
This is the 43rd Opening Day game for the Blue Jays and they're 21-21 all-time. In home Opening Day games, they're 26-16, though they've lost their past seven (that's right, they were 26-9 at one point).
If you need an excuse form to skip work in order to attend the game or watch on TV, get it right here...
Time to blow the dust off the cartridge.— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) March 28, 2019
Here's your 2019 Tigers #OpeningDay lineup. #MotorOn pic.twitter.com/HS29ZMHofJ
This is your "it's a new season, reason for eternal optimism" game thread. Play ball!