Can Jays Save Their Season? Ontario Sportsbooks Bettors Think So

Can Jays Save Their Season? Ontario Sportsbooks Bettors Think So
By Mark Keast
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

Bettors at Ontario sports betting apps are dusting themselves off after Tuesday, when the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Minnesota Twins 3-1 in Game 1 of the American League Wild Card series.

Game 2 is today, at 4:38 p.m. Eastern at Target Field in Minneapolis. Jose Berrios (11-12, 3.65 ERA, 184 strikeouts) is starting for the Blue Jays against Sonny Gray (8-8, 2.79 ERA, 183 strikeouts) for the Twins as Toronto tries to extend its season.

As Proline reports, bettors strongly believed that Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would get RBIs on Tuesday as those players were “far and away” leaders in that category. They didn’t.

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Jays-Twins Game 2 Betting

Despite that, Bichette is the early Ontario sportsbooks tip in the home run market today, with 64% of bettors expecting him to hit one out of the park. Bichette hit the ball solidly On Tuesday, going 2-for-4 at the plate. 

Coming off his two-home run day yesterday Proline players are also strongly behind the Twins’ Royce Lewis to get an RBI today. He's leading the pack there with Bichette trailing a bit behind.

Still, bettors in Canada’s most populous province are loyal to their local team despite Tuesday’s result, which snapped Minnesota’s MLB-record 18-game postseason losing streak dating to 2004. Those placing wagers in Ontario are heavily backing the Jays to win today, Caesars Ontario Sportsbook said.

As of noon on Wednesday, 83% of Proline players were still behind the Jays after that Game 1 loss, taking them on the Moneyline. Even after the low scoring 3-1 game 67% of bettors expecting today’s game to go over the 7.5 total.

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Popular Player Props For Jays-Twins Game 2

One of their most bet player props today as of early Wednesday afternoon is Berrios Over 14.5 Outs (1.69), as well as Matt Chapman Home Run (Under 0.5, 1.13), DraftKings Ontario Sportsbook said.

The most bet player props a few hours before first pitch with another top operator, the bet365 Ontario Sportsbook, included Guerrero Jr. and Bichette being backed for Over 0.5 Hits, Over 1.5/2 or More Hits, with “lots of SGPs involving them,” the sportsbook said. Guerrero Jr. hitting a home run is very popular. Other popular players props there: Lewis Over 1.5 Total Bases, Gray Over 4.5 Strikeouts and Under 4.5 Hits Allowed, Berrios Over 1.5 Walks and Over 14.5 Pitcher Outs.

The Moneyline has reflected the nerves around today’s game. NorthStar Bets has the Jays at 2.20, Twins at 1.72, the Run Line at Jays +1.5 (1.54), Twins at -1.5 (2.50). BetMGM has the Moneyline at Jays 2.15, Twins 1.72. The best value for those betting on Toronto to stave off elimination was at PointsBet Ontario Sportsbook, with the Jays at 2.25, Twins 1.67.



Mark Keast has recently covered the sports betting industry in Canada for The Parleh, and is a long-time sportswriter and editor, most notably with the Toronto Sun.

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