RHP Gerrit Cole (1-0, 1.46 ERA) vs. LHP Robbie Ray (0-0, 0.00). Ray is making his first start of the season, after injuring his pitching elbow by slipping on a staircase in spring training. Cole is coming off a dominant 13-strikeout performance in a victory against the Baltimore Orioles.
New York Yankees (4-5) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (4-5) Dunedin; Monday, 7:07 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: Gerrit Cole (1-0, 1.46 ERA) Blue Jays: Robbie Ray (0-0, 0.00 ERA) BOTTOM LINE: The New York Yankees play the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. The Blue Jays went 22-18 in division games in 2020.
Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. Toronto Blue Jays reliever Julian Merryweather is a pitching freak. Nobody in the recorded history of the past two decades can throw a fastball as hard as Merryweather and deaden a changeup as much.