After just missing out on last year’s postseason, the bettors at the online sportsbook are expecting the hard-hitting Toronto Blue Jays to take the next step in 2022. In fact, forget about the next step; how about bonafide World Series contenders?
At +1100, up from initial odds of +1600, the Jays currently hold the fourth-best World Series odds (tied with the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox) behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and Houston Astros.
World Series Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers +500
Houston Astros +1000
New York Mets +1000
Toronto Blue Jays +1100
Chicago White Sox +1100
New York Yankees +1100
Blue Jays Outlook
Anchored by AL MVP runner-up Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto returns largely the same lineup that finished third in runs scored last season with 846. The club did lose second baseman Marcus Semien in free agency, only to acquire former All-Star Matt Chapman from the Oakland A’s.
One must also not forget that the Jays’ production came despite having to play 44 “home” games in Buffalo and only 78 appearances from George Springer. Throw in Silver Slugger winner Teoscar Hernandez, Bo Bichette, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and runs should be aplenty once again, especially with a full 81 games at the Rogers Centre back on tap.
On the pitching side of things, the Blue Birds boast one of the best rotations in all of baseball.
Management signed former San Francisco Giants ace Kevin Gausman to fill the role left by the departing and reigning AL Cy Young award winner Robbie Ray. Opposing batters will also have to deal with Jose Berrios, Hyun Jin Ryu, Alek Manoah, and Yusei Kikuchi. Furthermore, setup man Adam Cimber and closer Jordan Romano headline a Toronto bullpen that looks as strong as it has been in years, giving manager Charlie Montoyo some much-needed flexibility.
A lot of credit should be given to Jays president of baseball operations Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins, who, despite losing some talented pieces, have managed to field a better and overall deeper club. This is clearly not lost on bettors, with Toronto sitting third and fourth respectively in World Series handle (10.8%) and ticket (7.9%) percentage.
It should be an exciting year north of the border.