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Toronto Blue Jays Picks for the 2020 Season
The 2020 Toronto Blue Jays picks for the 2020 season shows just how far they've come just a year after handing the keys over to their young stars.
It's thanks to a combination of their continued development plus low-key free agents overperforming.
The pleasantly surprising Jays are a nice story, but betting on them in the future is a trickier matter as we dissect their betting odds:
Before diving deeper into the Blue Jays odds, here are some key betting stats for their 2020 season (as of September 18): The Blue Jays have climbed up the MLB rankings and any value they may have had has gone out the window after a quick look at their odds. Oddsmakers have set the Blue Jays as an outside contender after opening them at +10000 in July.
- Straight-up (SU) record: 26-23
- Against the spread (ATS) record: 24-25
- Underdog record (SU): 13-15
- Runs per game: 4.86 (11th)
- Runs against per game: 5.27 (24th)
Blue Jays Futures: odds not big enough
First thing's first: Blue Jays fans should be proud of them regardless of where they finish in the season. With a 26-23 record, the Jays are considered locks to make the postseason as a wild card team. From here, anything can happen although it's worth noting that only seven wild card teams have won the World Series since its inception in 1994 (28% chance or 1 every 4 years roughly).
World Series odds: Baseball-Reference has given the Blue Jays a 2.1% chance of winning the World Series. This translates to roughly 47.00 in decimal odds, meaning the odds offered right now are not big enough.
The Jays are benefitting from the expanded 16-team playoff format. They are likely to finish with the 8th or 7th seed and could face any of the top-4 teams as their records are close to each other. Out of the four division leaders, the Jays have only faced the Rays.
Toronto has a 2-4 record against Tampa Bay and lost both series 1-2 although all but one game was decided by three runs or less. This may be an ideal match-up for Toronto as they are familiar with the Rays.
Should the Jays beat the Rays, they'll go up against the winner of the 4-5 matchup and it could be the Yankees, who they have been dreadful against.
Toronto conceded a whopping 43 runs against the Yankees in their last series while only scoring 15. This is roughly a 14-5 ratio per game. Yikes!
If the Blue Jays get past the Yankees or whoever else, they'll be facing one of the powerhouse teams from the National League (NL) - most likely the Dodgers.
AL Pennant odds: there isn't much improvement in odds here as most books are offering the Jays just upwards of 11.00, which isn't anything. The expanded playoff format has oddsmakers cautious of potential upsets.
Breaking down the Blue Jays' 2020 season
The Jays may have exceeded expectations based on their record, but the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde act, especially on defence proves they really are who we thought they were.
Toronto is one of the league's most explosive offences but also one of its most porous defences. Toronto's patchwork of pitchers have overperformed, but lack stability. They can steal the Jays some games but will get throttled in a couple.
#BlueJays Teoscar Hernandez has been amazing to start the year. He made a tweak in the mechanics & overall approach.
Mechanical changes include:
-Less bat movement
-Keeps front foot planted on ground vs lifting and then planting
Production Breakdown (Thread) ⬇️⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/1nli4NEvWM
— Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) August 27, 2020
Here are the main takeaways for the Blue Jays' 2020 season:
Lack of pitching: Hyun Jin Ryu is having a Cy Young-caliber season and A.J. Cole has been solid in the bullpen, but the Jays can't expect much from the rest of the club. New acquisition Taijuan Walker has been stellar so far, but the Jays rank 21st or worse in most major pitching stats.
Plenty of firepower: everyone knows about Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr., but the Jays' best hitters have been Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Cavan Biggio has been a steady presence at the plate as well. Toronto can swing and their high-powered bats keep them in games when their pitching collapses.
Where to bet on the Toronto Blue Jays for 2020 and beyond
You'll find plenty of opportunities to bet on the Toronto Blue Jays from the top online sportsbooks. The books will also welcome you with deposit bonuses plus the occasional MLB promotion.
When looking through these books, prioritize the ones that cater to baseball fans. As the MLB is a major sports league, expect it to be available in every book. Read the reviews and skim the books to find the best ones for the Blue Jays and baseball.
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