One of the worst-kept secrets in Toronto Blue Jays camp was finally made official on Friday, as the team announced Alek Manoah as its Opening Day starter. Manoah will toe the rubber when Toronto kicks off its 2023 season on March 30 on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Manoah is coming off an exceptional sophomore campaign in which he posted a 2.24 ERA across 31 starts. He was named an All-Star in 2022 and finished third in American League Cy Young voting.
The big right-hander is no stranger to the big stage, as he put on a show in last year's Midsummer Classic when he was mic'd up for his scoreless inning of work. He also started the Blue Jays' playoff opener against the Seattle Mariners last October — an outing that did not go according to plan.