Marcus Stroman will be on the hill when the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Detroit Tigers in their 2019 Major League Baseball home opener, Mar. 28, at the Rogers Centre.
It’s the second time in the right-hander’s career that he will get the start for Toronto on opening day. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo made the announcement on Mar. 13, ahead of Stroman’s scheduled spring training start against the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, FL.
“It’s an honour,” the starting pitcher told MLB.com. “It’s something you always strive for. It’s something I always pride myself on and I’m just excited. “Excited to feel the electricity, that energy of Toronto, of Canada, when I get out there on the mound.
“I’ve pitched in some pretty big moments before. I’m not shy of the moment. I think I thrive off energy and emotion, so I’m excited. I can’t wait to be out there.’
The pitcher, who is entering his sixth season with the club, struggled last year and went 4-9 with a 5.54 ERA over just 102.1 innings after tossing more than 200 innings the previous two seasons.
Shoulder and blister injuries limited the hurler to just 19 starts. Stroman will become just the 10 pitcher in club history to start opening day multiple times.
The 27-year-old was the 22 overall pick of Toronto in the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft.