Currently, Toronto’s forecasted win total for the upcoming Major League Baseball season is 91.5 with at least two online bookmakers: BetMGM Ontario Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook as of Tuesday morning. At Caesars Sportsbook, Toronto’s over/under was 92 wins.
Those numbers might sound familiar to careful Blue Jays watchers.
Blue Jays 2022 Look Back
Before the 2022 season, Toronto was predicted for 92.5 wins and by the campaign’s end, their record stood at 92-70, so the under paid (just barely) at Ontario sports betting sites. That was good for second place and a postseason spot in the highly competitive American League East, where four of five teams finished above .500.
The Blue Jays were swept in the Wild Card round by Seattle.
The Jays open their 2023 regular season on Thursday in St. Louis against the Cardinals. That’s the first of a 10-game road trip that takes them through St. Louis, Kansas City and the Los Angeles Angels. They finally arrive at home on April 11 for six games at the Rogers Centre.
Caesars Ontario Sportsbook lists the Jays at +1300 to win their first World Series title since 1993. That is seventh on the odds board behind the defending champion Astros, Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Braves and Padres.
Toronto’s Offseason Moves
In the offseason, the Blue Jays added some lefthanded hitting including first baseman/DH Brandon Belt (free agent), leftfielder Daulton Varsho (trade), and centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier (free agent). Varsho, who came in a trade with Arizona, hit 27 home runs for the Diamondbacks last season.
Given MLB rules changes that include restricting shifts — a change which figures to help lefthanded batters — Toronto’s offseason additions of lefty hitting could provide a bigger offensive boost than otherwise expected. That should catch the attention of those who monitor Ontario sportsbook apps closely.
Offensive Onslaught Expected Again
The Toronto righthanded hitting core is impressive, with 1B/DH Vlad Guerrero Jr. (32 home runs, .818 OPS in 2022), SS Bo Bichette (24 HRs, .802 OPS) and RF George Springer (25 HRs, .814 OPS ). Gone is OF Teoscar Hernandez (25 HRs, .807 OPS), who was traded to Seattle.
Guerrero has +1100 odds, tied for fourth at FanDuel Ontario Sportsbook, to lead the majors in homers in 2023.
On the mound, Toronto returns big righthander starter Alek Manoah. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Manoah was dominant in 2022, going 16-7 with a 2.24 ERA. He’s joined by Jose Berrios (12-7) and Kevin Gausman (12-10) in the Blue Jays rotation.
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