We were all very excited about the start of the upcoming baseball season, but that excitement is now on hold for a few more weeks. There are a lot of different dates and timelines flying around at the moment, but the reality is that no-one knows for sure when the new MLB season will begin. It’s more than a little disappointing for those of us who love this sport, but it also gives us some more time to evaluate how things might play out once the regular season does eventually begin. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the 2020 Toronto Blue Jays. Let’s check the MLB Odds and World Series Odds for the Toronto Blue Jays 2020 Season.
Toronto Blue Jays Analysis Before 2020 Season Start
Toronto Blue Jays 2019 Season Performance
Back in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Blue Jays were stacked and took a run at the World Series, losing in the ALCS in both of those seasons. As a small market team, Toronto was forced to move on their priciest assets and rebuild from the ground up, which is what they are in the process of doing right now. Last year was a tough one for the Jays, as they ended the season in 4th in the AL East with a season record of 67-95.
In terms of wins, it has been diminishing returns for the Blue Jays since the 2016 season, with their win total dropping in in each season after than one. The Blue Jays managed 726 runs last year, which was not a particularly great total, while surrendering 828 runs and using no less than 21 different starters over the course of the year.
The Blue Jays have a nice core of young talent in their lone-up, but they are still a little tight on money, which means that they can’t really afford to surround those guys with some solid veterans.
Toronto Blue Jays Offseason Moves
Over the course of the last two seasons, the Blue Jays have shipped out 8 different players in an effort to cut salary and make space for upcoming prospects. They have tried to fill the holes in free agency, with most of their financial outlay going towards starting pitchers. As you can probably tell from the number of starters they had last year and the number of runs conceded, filling those spots was job 1. The Blue Jays brought in Tanner Roark, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Shun Yamaguchi to the pitching staff, while also adding a couple of different outfield pieces. This is the year when the Blue Jays expect to start seeing things begin to trend upwards, but time will tell just how high that trend goes.
How the Bookies See the Toronto Blue Jays
It is perhaps no real surprise that the Toronto Blue Jays are coming into this season as one of the bigger underdogs in both their division and for the World Series. The bookies currently have them at +5000 to win the AL East and +10000 to win the World Series. It would be a brave person who played any kind of real money on Toronto this season, as we are realistically looking at them finishing 4th in the AL East.