Last season, the Toronto Blue Jays earned their first playoff berth in over two decades. Led by baseball’s best offense, Toronto scored 891 runs, thehighest total since the 2009 New York Yankees. Toronto’s dynamic offense propelled the team to the ALCS, where it ran into the buzz saw known as the Kansas City Royals. Despite losing the ALCS to the eventual World Series champions, the Blue Jays surpassed expectations and will look to build upon its newfound success in 2016. Toronto’s lineup will feature many of the same faces that helped engineer baseball’s best offense. Reigning American League MVP, Josh Donaldson, will anchor the top of the rotation while Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and Troy Tulowitzki will continue to smash home runs at an above average clip.
Toronto’s pitching staff will feature some new faces, so their success will ultimately determine how far this team will go. The Jays lost David Price in free agency, so it will not have a bonafide ace at the top of its rotation. Toronto did bring back J.A. Happ, however, to fill Price’s rotation slot, so a serviceable season will likely keep management and the fans happy. Outside of Happ, the rotation is filled with pitchers that could either win five games or 15 games — including potential star Marcus Stroman — so the offense will need to score runs at a historic rate to offset an average pitching staff.
The Blue Jays are a member of the Grapefruit League and hold Spring Training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. Toronto’s slate of Spring Training games is underway, so fans should act soon if they want to see their favorite players in action. If fans want to escape the cold and head to Florida, Hipmunk offers some great dates. On Hipmunk, flights from Toronto to Clearwater Beach, Florida start at $294. Some key match-ups at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium are presented below, 3/11/16 Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays | Get-in: $65
These two bitter AL East rivals will square off for the first time at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on March 11th. Despite all of its success last season, Toronto went 9-10 against a bad Red Sox team. With Price joining the Red Sox, fans are hoping Toronto bats do the talking against their ex-Ace.
3/15/16 Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays | Get-in: $66
Another AL East battle will commence on March 15th. Last season, Toronto went 11-8 against the Orioles. Both teams feature dynamic offensive players, so expect an aerial show in this game.
3/26/16 New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays | Get-in: $49
Toronto will close out its slate of games against its AL East foes on March 26th when the New York Yankees come to town. Toronto dominated the Yankees last season, winning 13 of their 19 match-ups. Fans looking to attend this last AL East clash before the regular season can find good deals on hotels on Hipmunk. Hotels on Hipmunk start at $143, so booking a hotel soon would be a wise decision.