Matthew Manouli |  Tue 14/11/2017 - 10:27 EST

2018 Toronto Blue Jays Opening Lines

2018 Toronto Blue Jays Opening Lines
After a thrilling postseason, we had to take a little break, but we're back to preview some early Futures odds for 2018! The Toronto Blue Jays will be first up, and the question remains whether they can improve after an underwhelming 2017.

A Troubling 2017

No one expected the Toronto Blue Jays to be as terrible as they were last season.

We correctly predicted they would underperform, but they even managed to surprise us. During the offseason, the Canadian team was the fourth favored team to win the World Series.

If anyone recalls, they had a record worst start to the season, and they never secured enough offense to be able to be a consistent winning team. The Blue Jays ended up fourth in the AL East, with a single game lead over the Orioles, finishing the season 76-86. May was their only winning month. Their subpar season caused them to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Will 2018 Be Better?

The big, but the unsurprising news is that Jose Bautista is entering free agency after his $17 million mutual option was declined. This will give the Jays a better chance to move forward, and perhaps pick up some free agents who are better at providing the offense this team sorely needs. Bautista was only averaging .203 in 587 ABs. Josh Donaldson missed part of the season but should improve their offense next year if he plays sans injury.

Bautista will most likely be replaced by an experienced outfielder, like Lorenzo Cain or Jay Bruce. Both offer their respective strengths on offense as well. Christian Yelich would be a good fit, but might not be worth what the Jays are willing to give up. Teoscar Hernandez would be another choice as right fielder, and currently seems like the popular option.

Blue Jays Lines To Win Their Division

There aren’t betting lines out yet for this, but it’s not looking good. Coming in fourth place in 2017, the Blue Jays will need significant improvement if they want to secure a division win and leapfrog the Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees. It would be quite a feat, but not probable.

# team P W L p+ p- %
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 162 104 58 770 580 0.642
2 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 162 102 60 818 564 0.630
3 Houston Astros Houston Astros 162 101 61 896 700 0.623
4 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 162 97 65 819 672 0.599
5 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 163 94 69 823 667 0.577
6 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 162 93 69 785 668 0.574
7 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 162 92 70 822 695 0.568
8 New York Yankees New York Yankees 163 92 71 866 664 0.564
9 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 163 87 76 832 768 0.534
10 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 162 86 76 732 697 0.531
11 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 163 85 78 819 796 0.521
12 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 162 83 79 761 705 0.512
13 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 162 80 82 710 709 0.494
14 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 162 80 82 694 704 0.494
15 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 162 80 82 702 791 0.494
16 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 162 78 84 799 816 0.481
17 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 162 78 84 750 772 0.481
18 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 162 77 85 778 822 0.475
19 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 162 76 86 693 784 0.469
20 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 162 75 87 668 731 0.463
21 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 162 75 87 739 826 0.463
22 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 162 75 87 743 841 0.463
23 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 162 72 90 732 821 0.444
24 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 162 71 91 604 816 0.438
25 New York Mets New York Mets 162 70 92 735 863 0.432
26 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 162 68 94 753 869 0.420
27 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 162 67 95 706 820 0.414
28 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 162 66 96 690 782 0.407
29 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 162 64 98 639 776 0.395
30 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 162 64 98 735 894 0.395

Blue Jays Lines To Win the World Series

Currently, the Jays are +2800 to win the World Series, basically tied for the 10th favored team to win in 2018. This is a far cry from their fourth favored spot in 2017. Looking at it another way, that’s a lot of extra value you can get in just a year, especially since the Blue Birds are only going to improve this season.

MLB Futures - 2018 World Series Opening Lines

Blue Jays Early Prediction for 2018

With Bautista gone, Toronto will have a chance to replace his position with a more consistent player. But even with their current players, they should be an improvement.

They’ve gotten rid of the weak links in their bullpen, and their starting pitching with Stroman, Estrada, and Liriano, is still top notch. Barring any injuries to key players, they should be able to secure around 80 wins this season. It’s a slight bit better then 2017, but without a big move, this team will be stuck in 3rd or 4th in the division. Maybe even last if the Orioles get better.

If a major offseason move takes place though, look for the Blue Birds to hit the 90 win range, which is ripe for getting in the postseason, most likely through the Wild Card. Offense from an Ozuna or Stanton can spark this team and turn them around, giving them a chance against powerhouse teams like the Red Sox and Yankees, turning them into 50-50 matchups. 

At +2800, there’s definitely value, as they’ll surely perform much better than in 2017 when they were at +1100. Their starting pitching and bullpen can take them far, but they’ll have to work on filling in the offensive gaps. Hopefully, they’ll have a solution before March. 

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Tag : baseball , francisco liriano , jose bautista , Josh Donaldson , mlb , Sports Interaction , teoscar hernandez , Toronto Blue Jays

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