In case there were any doubts about the significance of clean baseball and avoiding fielding errors for MLB success, last year's World Series showcased the two teams with the fewest errors in the league, as the Texas Rangers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks.
So, how do the Toronto Blue Jays rate in this regard? Ontario sports betting operators certainly like their chances of winning it all in 2024, with odds ranging between +1600 and +2000, depending on where you're shopping.
But is their fielding up to snuff? To find out, OntarioBets.com used TeamRankings.com to identify the least and most mistake-prone MLB teams over the past three seasons. We ranked all 30 franchises based on the average number of errors committed per game since 2021.
Check out the results below to see where the Jays slot in. Check out OntarioBets.com for more coverage because you won’t find analysis like this at Ontario sportsbook apps, only here.
Least Mistake-Prone MLB Teams, Past Three Seasons
Jays Among Least Mistake-Prone Teams
As you can see from TeamRankings.com, over the past three MLB seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals committed the fewest fielding errors per game in the league, at 0.446 per game. That did not translate into postseason success for them, but the 2022 World Series champs, the Houston Astros, rank third on our list. They also faced the Atlanta Braves (fifth in our rankings above) in the 2021 World Series but lost.
As for the Toronto Blue Jays, they're tied at No. 10 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, committing just 0.503 errors per game since 2021. The Dodgers, who signed Shohei Ohtani and Japanese pitching phenom Yoshinobu Yamamoto to massive contracts this month, are the preseason World Series favorites at NorthStar Bets Ontario Sportsbook with +450 odds.
Bo Bichette contributed the most errors among Jays players in the past three years combined. Toronto has committed 243 errors, with Bichette responsible for 56, or 23%. In 2021, Bichette was tied for the league lead with 24 errors, and he ranked second the following year with 23. The good news for Jays fans is that Bichette brought that number down to nine in 2023 — and of course, as a shortstop he gets a ton of fielding chances too.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the second-worst offender in the fielding error stat category since 2021. The Six's favourite slugger has committed 26 total errors in that span. Of course, he also has knocked out 106 homers over the past three seasons and has +2200 odds with DraftKings Ontario Sportsbook to win AL MVP in 2024.
As a team, the Blue Jays are certainly on the right track to clean up their fielding. Since 2021, the Jays have reduced their total errors each year (90 in 2021, 82 in 2022, and 71 in 2023). In fact, last year they had the fifth-fewest errors in the whole league.
Toronto missed out on the sweepstakes to sign Ohtani — perhaps increasing their chances of keeping Matt Chapman — but the fact they were pursuing the reigning AL MVP suggests the team is looking to make a splash this offseason. If they can add slugging power to their loaded bullpen, a return to the playoffs might be on deck for the Jays.