With the start of the 2022 MLB season just days away, the Toronto Blue Jays have strengthened their position on the odds to win the 2022 World Series, where they no trail only the Los Angeles Dodgers as strengthening 9.80-second favourites at Bet99. Toronto has steady gains at the sportsbooks while making key additions to the lineup during a busy offseason. However, with four of the top six teams on the World Series odds board coming from the American League, the Blue Jays can expect a stiff challenge in their bid to claim their first World Series title in 29 years.
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|2022 World Series Odds|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||5.80||6.00|
|Toronto Blue Jays||9.80||10.00|
|New York Mets||12.00||13.00|
|New York Yankees||12.00||11.00|
|Chicago White Sox||13.00||12.00|
|Tampa Bay Rays||14.00||15.00|
|San Diego Padres||16.00||15.00|
|Boston Red Sox||18.00||19.00|
|San Francisco Giants||23.00||21.00|
|St. Louis Cardinals||26.00||26.00|
|Los Angeles Angels||29.00||34.00|
|Kansas City Royals||80.00||67.00|
Offseason Moves, Return to Rogers Centre Key to Blue Jays Success
The Toronto Blue Jays will play their first home opener within the familiar confines of Rogers Centre since 2019 when they open their regular season schedule against the Texas Rangers on April 8. Forced to play most of their home games south of the border over the past two seasons due to the COVOD-19 pandemic, the Blue Jays’ return to their home turf has contributed to their steady climb up the MLB futures.
Since 2020, the Blue Jays have played just 36 games in Toronto.
They’ve had 3 different home fields (Florida, Buffalo, Toronto).
They had a 123-99 record (.554).
They just added All-Stars Chapman, Gausman, and Kikuchi.
They will play 81 games at Rogers Centre this season. pic.twitter.com/rEf5QxVq5L
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) March 26, 2022
Despite not playing a home game in Toronto until August, the Blue Jays remained in postseason contention until the end of the schedule, finishing just one game back of archrivals Boston and New York in the hunt for an AL wild card. However, with their return home, MLB’s expanded playoff format, and a beefed up lineup, there is plenty of reason for the Blue Jays faithful to get excited.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 20, 2022
Faced with an urgent need to fill the void left by the departures of Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Robbie Ray and Gold Glove second baseman Marcus Semien, the Blue Jays acted quickly once the offseason lockout finally ended. The club pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal with Oakland to bring the third baseman Matt Chapman to town, enabling them to move Cavan Biggio to second. They have also beefed up the starting rotation with the additions of Kevin Gausman and Yusei Kukuchi.
Yankees, Rays a Threat in the AL East
The big question facing the Blue Jays is whether they have done enough to put themselves over the top in the uber-competitive AL East. Based on the season-opening World Series odds, it is the New York Yankees that Toronto must keep a close eye on. The Yankees are coming off another early Postseason exit after winning 92 games last season. However, like the Jays, the Bronx Bombers have been busy with personnel moves and currently sit shy of the favourites as a 12.00 bet.
Free-agent RHP Corey Kluber in agreement with Rays on one-year deal, pending physical, sources tell @TheAthletic. Kluber, 35, missed more than three months with right shoulder strain before rejoining Yankees in late August. Finished with 3.83 ERA in 80 IP, including no-hitter.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 28, 2021
Among the acquisitions made by New York was a deal to acquire former Blue Jay star Josh Donaldson. However, the Yankees also saw a number of departures over the offseason, most notably starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Andrew Heaney. And while the Yankees enjoy strong positioning on the MLB futures, they are pegged as narrow 1.80 favourites to win fewer than 93 games in 2022.
Could we interest you in a JD home run video? 🙂 pic.twitter.com/guGY2B1NxR
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 19, 2022
Lagging back of the favourites with 14.00 odds to win the World Series, and as a lengthy 3.53 bet to claim a third straight AL East title, the Tampa Bay Rays face tempered expectations this time around. However, after winning 100 games last season for the first time in history, and now set to return to action with their vaunted batting lineup largely intact, sports bettors ignore the Rays at their peril.
Some #Rays news:
* A setback for Yonny Chirinos will delay his return to rotation
* Shuffle of coaching staff will move Ozzie Timmons off 1B and put Chris Prieto there
* Peter Bendix’s name popping up for #Mets front office job
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 22, 2021
The challenge facing Tampa Bay is whether their battered and bruised starting rotation can hold up through the grind of the long season. In addition to missing Tyler Glasnow, likely for all of 2022 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, the Rays could also be forced to wait a little longer for the return of Yonny Chirinos, who recently suffered a setback in his return from Tommy John surgery.
With their divisional rivals making improvements, the New York Yankees are a good bet to fail in their bid to improve on last season’s 92-70 record
Dodgers Lead the Way
To the surprise of no one, the Los Angeles Dodgers have once again emerged as the early favourites on the World Series odds, perched at 6.00 at Betway. And yet again, the Dodgers return to action with lots to prove.
Freddie Freeman explains what he has felt since leaving the Braves and expresses excitement about his new chapter with the Dodgers https://t.co/EexPxBBxa2
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) March 26, 2022
LA saw their bid to win a ninth straight NL West crown foiled by the San Francisco Giants and subsequently bowed out of the Postseason by losing to the eventual champion Atlanta Braves in six games in the NLCS. However, with Clayton Kershaw and Mookie Betts back in good health, and the recent signing of former Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers are poised for another big campaign.
Giants 107 regular season wins
Dodgers 106 regular season wins
Brewers 95 regular season wins
Braves 88 regular season wins (going to World Series)
— John Dickinson (@JDJohnDickinson) October 24, 2021
As for the Braves, the loss of Freeman has not helped buoy their odds, which continue to lag at 14.00. The four-time defending NL East champions benefited from weak divisional rivals last season, climbing to the top of the standings despite winning just 88 games. This time around, the Braves must contend with the dramatically improved New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies and are worthy of a 3.35 value bet to miss the Postseason.
The Pick: Blue Jays to win World Series (10.00) at Betway
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