Toronto Blue Jays: mlb FUTURES & BETTING ODDS
TORONTO BLUE JAYS 2021 OUTLOOK
You'll be hard pressed to find another team in the American League stocked with so many promising young players on offense than the Toronto Blue Jays. The rotation probably isn't as solid as it could be to make the Blue Jays more of a favorite to make some noise in the postseason, but Toronto is poised to capitalize on their brief 2020 postseason appearance—they were swept 2-0 by Tampa Bay in the unique first-round series that the shortened COVID-19-related season had as part of its rules—and hope to make more of an impact this October.
2021 Featured Players
The Blue Jays are projected to be a team in contention for a wild card berth in the American League, mainly thanks to their young offensive corps. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and Teoscar Hernandez are all back and are joined by outfield star George Springer, who the Jays beat out the New York Mets to acquire in a free agent deal. Unfortunately for Toronto, Springer will be starting the regular season in the injured list with a strained oblique muscle. Veteran Randal Grichuck is also back after hitting 12 home runs in the shortened 60-game season a year ago.
Starting pitching is a little shaky, especially in a division with as much offensive firepower as the AL East. Hyun-Jin Ryu led the National League in ERA with the Dodgers in 2019 at 2.32 and put up a 2.69 ERA in his first season with the Jays last year. Robbie Ray, Tannar Roark, Steven Matz, Nate Pearson, and Ross Stripling are good back end of the rotation options, but the Jays lack a solid No. 2 starter to pair up with Ryu.
Toronto is managed by Charlie Montoyo, and 2021 will be his third full season at the helm.
Bet on the Toronto Blue Jays! Toronto Blue Jays Odds for 2021
The Jays are well behind the New York Yankees in World Series odds, but the Toronto Blue Jays odds for success aren't too long. A winning bet on the Blue Jays to win the AL East will get you +400 odds. Toronto has the fifth-shortest odds to win the American League at +1000, and a winning World Series ticket on Toronto will give +2200 (22/1) odds.
Blue Jays Logo, Uniform & Stadium History
After a number of changes in the 1990s and 2000s, the Blue Jays are back to their original blue jay head logo with the Canadian Maple Leaf in it. Their caps are royal blue with the logo inside of it. Home uniforms are white with "BLUE JAYS" written across the front with the logo beneath it on the left side. The road grays have "TORONTO" written on the front with the logo in the same spot. There are alternate royal and light blue jersey tops that are similar to the home jersey.
The team enjoyed success in its early years, entering MLB in 1977 and winning the American League East five times from 1985-1993, winning the World Series in back-to-back seasons in 1992 and 1993. Joe Carter hit a walk-off home run to win the 1993 World Series in six games off Mitch Williams and the Phillies, which remains one of the most dramatic home runs in major league history. Carter's home run remains the only walk-off home run to win a World Series that was hit with the home team losing at the time.
The Jays have played at Rogers Centre in Toronto since 1989, when it was known as SkyDome. They have been nomads over the past two seasons due to concerns with crossing the border into Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year's home games were played at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York, and this year's will begin at their spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida, which is in the same county that hosts the Tampa Bay Rays.
2020 Record: 32-28, Third in American League East (Lost First-Round Series to Tampa Bay)