With pitchers and catchers reporting for the Toronto Blue Jays on Feb. 14, we decided to take a look at the early odds for the 2019 World Series.
There is a certain amount of freshness surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays these days. From new manager Charlie Montoyo to some excellent young talent, headlined by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., there should be enough intrigue to keep fans paying attention.
However, this doesn’t change the reality the franchise is now in the process of a full rebuild. In other words, they are not expected to challenge for a postseason spot this year.
As a result, this is reflected in the early odds for the 2019 season. And as you likely suspected, it doesn’t make for particularly pleasant reading for Blue Jays fans.
Starting with the American League odds, Oddsshark have just four teams placed lower than the Blue Jays. Essentially, they are joint 10th-favourites with the Minnesota Twins, to win the ALCS championship.
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Unsurprisingly, last season’s World Series champion Boston Red Sox are the early betting favourites to win the AL. Which effectively means they are also favourites to win the AL East.
Talking of the Blue Jays’ division, the New York Yankees are third-favourites to win the AL, with the Tampa Bay Ray ranked seventh. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles have the worst odds — or best depending on how much of a gambler you are — in the AL.
Turning to the World Series odds, only eight teams are ranked worse than the Blue Jays. In other words, Oddsshark have them down as 22nd-favourites to take home the Fall Classic championship.
As with the ALCS, the Red Sox are the early betting favourites to win the World Series. The Houston Astros and Yankees are ranked second and third respectively.
The National League finally makes an appearance courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are fourth-favourites to win it all in 2019. The top five is rounded out by the Cleveland Indians.
How much all of this means is obviously open to interpretation, but we do know the odds will be constantly changing in the coming weeks and months. This will probably start soon after pitchers and catchers begin reporting from Feb. 11.
However, we’re still fairly confident the Blue Jays’ championship odds won’t improve dramatically. But if we turn out to be wrong, this is one time we would have absolutely no issue with a prediction being incorrect.
What’s your take on the early odds for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019? Do you pay any attention too this kind of thing or does it hold no interest for you, whether it be for MLB or professional sports in general? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.