Matthew Manouli | Sat 01/04/2017 - 06:35 EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Have MLB’s 4th Best Odds to Win The World Series

Toronto Blue Jays Have MLB’s 4th Best Odds to Win The World Series

2017 World Series Future Odds

It's almost time for the 2017 to start, so we'll take a look at the World Series Futures odds, available at Sports Interaction. How are the Toronto Blue Jays going to fare this season? They almost made it to the World Series last year, losing to the Cleveland Indians in 5 games in the ALCS. Despite changes to their roster, they're still tied for 4th most favored team to win it all.

World Series Future Odds at Sports Interaction

The books currently have the Chicago Cubs favored to repeat. Winning the World Series two years in a row would be quite a feat after their 108-year drought. The Boston Red Sox are right up there with them though, both currently priced at +450.

The Cleveland Indians and their red hot pitching arsenal are next in line princed at +800, and after their World Series appearance last season, they deserve it. Tied with the Blue Jays at +1000 are the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Nationals close behind. 

The Blue Jays went through a lot of changes this offseason. Pitcher R.A. Dickey is off to the Braves, leftie Brett Cecil is in St. Louis, Michael Saunders is off to Philly, but most importantly is the loss of Edwin Encarnacion, who's off to the same Indians team that eliminated Toronto last year. Here's hoping for another rematch from last year.

MLB Future Odds 2017

Toronto's one major strength is going to be its pitching. Losing Dickey wasn't that much of a blow with the likes of Francisco Liriano, Marco Estrada, J.A Happ, and AL ERA leader Aaron Sanchez still dominant. The Jays also managed to re-sign Jose Bautista and brought in Kendrys Morales from the Kansas City Royals. Steve Pearce was also acquired from the Orioles. 

How Far Can The Blue Jays Go This Season?

So can they make it? Unfortunately, it's not looking too good for the Blue Birds.

While their pitching might be among the best in the American League, they are lacking a lot of power with Encarnacion's absence. Morales only hit 30 HRs last year compared to Edwin's 42, and Bautista has declined in power as well. Russell Martin began last season horrendously, but if he and the rest of the team can be more consistent, they should seek into the postseason.

Look for Josh Donaldson to carry his team in his search for the AL MVP award too.

So we all know defense wins championships, but defense isn't enough to get you into the championship race itself. The Toronto Blue Jays have great pitching and a high defensive efficiency, but they just don't have the raw power to be contenders.

Even if Donaldson plays consistent and above the moon for the whole season, Martin, Bautista, and Morales will have to support him and be consistent themselves for the entire season. Pitching shouldn't be an issue, so it might be a good idea to take the Under in Blue Jays games. Will they reach more than 86.5 wins in the regular season?

Believe it or not, chances as they stand now, are no. If they were in the postseason, and just needed their stars to step up for a few games to win the Championship, then this team could stand a chance, but they can't get by this season by relying solely on their pitchers and star player. If they make it to the postseason, we will revisit this play, but as of now, stay off taking the Blue Jays to win the World Series. The Red Sox or even Dodgers would be much better plays.

Toronto Blue Jays Regular Season Wins Odds

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