Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has been the Opening Day starter each of the past two years, but both times the announcement came early in camp.
The Blue Jays have taken a different approach to 2015.
"Everything's going to factor [in]," Gibbons said. "We'll see who's done what against some people. ... Not so much the ballpark, but we'll know something pretty soon I would think."
The assumption all along has been that Dickey would get the first start of the year. But the Blue Jays might be better served going in a different direction simply because of matchups, weather and the ballpark factor.
If Dickey started the second game of the season on April 8 he would get to avoid Camden Yards in Baltimore from April 10-12 and would then make his next three starts in a dome.
That would be an ideal situation because the weather is often unpredictable in April and cold temperatures aren't usually ideal for the grip on a knuckleball.
Marcus Stroman likely was receiving strong consideration for Opening Day until he suffered a season-ending knee injury. That could open the door for right-hander Drew Hutchison to pitch on April 6 in New York against the Yankees, if the Blue Jays decide to maximize the number of times Dickey gets to pitch indoors.
Whichever pitcher starts the year in the No. 2 slot would then receive the honor of pitching the home opener vs. Tampa Bay on April 13.
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