Are Blue Jays undervalued on 2021 World Series odds?

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The Toronto Blue Jays might be undervalued in World Series futures after a turnaround during a shortened season.
The Blue Jays are listed at +4000 on the World Series odds for 2021 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who won the World Series on October 27, are +500 favorites, with the New York Yankees (+600) a close second favorite. The Chicago White Sox (+1100), San Diego Padres (+1100), Atlanta Braves (+1200), World Series runner-up Tampa Bay Rays (+1400) and Cincinnati Reds (+1600) are also among the contenders at the top of the board at betting sites.
In the pandemic-delayed season, the Blue Jays posted a 32-28 record to earn a wild card berth in the expanded playoffs, where they lost 2-0 to Tampa Bay in the best-of-three first round. They managed the accomplishment despite being on the road for the first three weeks before Sahlen Field in Buffalo was upgraded to MLB standards. Six everyday batters, including Bo Bichette in an injury-interrupted year, hit a better than league average. The pitching staff will need to take a major step after finishing 10th in the American League with a 4.60 earned-run average, but there is talk of the Blue Jays being a contender …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

World Series Odds Update 10/27/20

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The Los Angeles Dodgers’ betting value in series prices has almost been gobbled up, but there might be an upside in believing they never do anything the easy way.
Up 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, the Dodgers are now a -550 favorite with the Rays coming back at +425 on the World Series odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Los Angeles will have its first opportunity to clinch the franchise’s sixth World Series title, and first since 1988, when it takes on Tampa Bay on Tuesday as the designated home team at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Since 1985, when the league championship series round switched to a best-of-seven format to match the World Series, teams with a 3-2 lead have won the series 40 of 62 times (64.5 percent). However, since 2016 the team which entered Game 6 facing elimination is 6-3. Those teams are 3-3 in the decisive Game 7.
On the MLB odds for Tuesday, the Dodgers are a -138 favorite at sports betting sites against the +128 underdog Rays with an 8.0-run total. Los Angeles is 6-8 in its last 14 postseason games as a -130 to -150 favorite, and the total has gone OVER seven times with one …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

World Series Odds Update 10/20/20

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been reliable as a big favourite on the moneyline, which they might well convert into a long-overdue World Series title.
The Dodgers are a -200 favourite with the Tampa Bay Rays coming back as a +170 underdog on the updated World Series odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The best-of-seven series begins Tuesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas; the Dodgers are a -175 favourite for Game 1 at online betting sites, while the Rays are +150 to win with a 7.5-run total.
Tampa Bay is 5-5 in its last 10 postseason games as the underdog, and the Rays are 3-7 in their last 10 games (including the regular season) as a +140 to +180 underdog. The Rays have a deep pitching staff led by righthander Tyler Glasnow and lefthander Blake Snell, their announced starters for games 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tampa Bay’s 3.36 earned-run average in the playoffs is a smidge better than the Dodgers’, which is a reason why the total has gone UNDER in 12 of their last 20 games in the playoffs.
However, the Rays’ hitting has lagged in the playoffs with all-star Brandon Lowe slumping. Their .702 on-base plus slugging (OPS) is …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

World Series Odds Update 10/05/20

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There is a second-half trend that might have some validity as bettors seek out a pick to capture the Commissioner’s Trophy to cap off baseball’s shortened season.
With the Division Series round set to begin Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers are +230 favorites on the updated World Series odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The New York Yankees (+400) and Tampa Bay Rays (+433), who go head-to-head on the ALDS side, are also high on the board at online sports betting sites, which also spreads out to the San Diego Padres (+650), Atlanta Braves (+750), Oakland Athletics (+900), Houston Astros (+1500) and Miami Marlins (+1500).
An old baseball adage says October is all about pitching, but it seems like offensive acumen late in the regular season is a better indicator of success. The last five World Series champion teams have had an average rank of 7.0 out of the 30 MLB teams in team OPS (on-base and slugging percentages combined) after the All-Star Game. Only the 2015 Kansas City Royals (14th) ranked lower than eighth. The same five teams had an average rank of 9.8 in second-half team earned-run average. That figure would be much higher if the 2016 Chicago Cubs (first in second-half ERA …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays vs Rays 09/29/20 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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The Toronto Blue Jays have a respectable record as a road underdog, but their playoff opponent seldom falls down on the job when heavily favoured.
In series prices, the Blue Jays are the +185 underdog at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com with the Tampa Bay Rays coming back as a -215 favourite in a best-of-three American League wild card series that begins on Tuesday. In exact series outcome props, the Rays are respectively listed at +160 and +200 for a 2-0 or 2-1 series win. The Blue Jays are on offer at +450 for a sweep and +400 for taking the series 2-1.
Toronto is also a +165 away underdog at betting sites for the series opener while Tampa Bay is a -190 favourite with a 7.5-run total. The Blue Jays are 6-14 in their last 20 games against the Rays as an away underdog, with the total going OVER in five out the seven most recent matchups in that sample. The Blue Jays are 8-10 in their last 18 games as an underdog on the road. However, the Rays are 14-6 in their last 20 games as a home favourite of -170 or deeper into minus money, with the total going OVER on …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

Yankees vs Blue Jays 09/07/20 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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Recent results on the field and a historical trend both appear to be promising for the Toronto Blue Jays in their first series this season against the New York Yankees.
The Blue Jays are -140 home favorites with the Yankees coming back as a +120 underdog and there is a 9.0-run total on the MLB odds for Monday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. It is the first time this band of Blue Jays have been favored at home against the Yankees since the last such instance in this AL East matchup was on April 1, 2018, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
The Blue Jays are 10-6 in their last 16 games at a home stadium, with a 7-8-1 over/under/push split. The Yankees are 4-10 in their last 14 games as an away underdog, with the UNDER hitting seven times with two pushes at online betting sites. In the long term, Toronto is 14-6 in its last 20 games as a home favorite against New York with the UNDER hitting 14 times.
Toronto’s bats are thriving at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. The Blue Jays are scoring 6.3 runs per game there and their .878 home OPS (on-base-plus-slugging) is the second-highest …

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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays vs Red Sox 09/03/20 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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The Toronto Blue Jays are favoured at Fenway Park for the first time in over two years as they take on a Boston Red Sox team that is going nowhere fast.
The Blue Jays are -128 away favourites against the +108 underdog Boston Red Sox with a 10.5-run total on the MLB odds for Thursday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. It is the first time since July 18, 2017 – 31 matchups ago – that the Blue Jays have been a road favourite against Boston, according to the OddsShark MLB Database. The Blue Jays are 8-4 in their last 12 away games, while the Red Sox have offered little value as a home underdog, going 5-15 in their last 20 matchups with the OVER hitting 11 times.
Toronto has been tepid offensively away from home, where they score 3.64 runs per game with a .671 on-base-plus-slugging (OPS), which is 23rd in MLB. But the pitching staff’s 3.50 road earned-run average (ERA) is fifth-best. The Red Sox are averaging 4.65 runs in home games and their .783 home OPS ranks a respectable 12th, but that’s been canceled out by a 6.50 home ERA, the worst in MLB outside of Colorado.
Righthander Taijuan Walker (3 …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays vs Marlins 09/01/20 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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Minus money on a bullpen day could make the Toronto Blue Jays a reduced-value but high-risk proposition as they enter a matchup with some solid UNDER trends on Tuesday.
The Blue Jays opened as small -110 away favourites against the +100 Miami Marlins with an 8.5-run total on the MLB odds for Tuesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Blue Jays are 6-4 in their last 10 away games, with the total finishing UNDER five times with two pushes. The Marlins are 2-8 in their last 10 home games, and the total has gone UNDER in three of their last four matchups at Marlins Park.
Toronto has a 4-11 record in its last 15 away games against National League opponents, with the total finishing UNDER 10 times at betting sites. The total has also gone UNDER in seven of their last eight away games against NL East competition. The Marlins are 4-11 in their last 15 home games against American League teams, with the total finishing UNDER eight times.
The Blue Jays are averaging 3.8 runs per game on the road, with a .224 / .288 / .393 batting slash line. However, the pitching staff has compensated with a 3.58 road earned-run average, fifth-best among the 30 …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

Orioles vs Blue Jays 08/28/20 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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The Toronto Blue Jays are set as home favorites on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com as they open a series against the division-rival Baltimore Orioles on Friday night at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, with a consensus total of 10.5 runs for the contest.
Since June 2018, the Blue Jays are 14-5 in their last 19 games against the Orioles as a home favorite at sports betting sites. They are 5-4 in nine home games this season at Sahlen Field, with the total finishing OVER six times. Also of note, while it is a small sample size, the Blue Jays have out-homered opponents 24-10 across nine home starts at Sahlen Field.
Lefthander Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1, 3.19 ERA, 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings) had been scheduled to start on Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox at Sahlen Field, with that contest postponed. Ryu last took the mound on August 22 at Tampa Bay, surrendering just a single run on three hits over his five innings of work. Ryu has struck out 33 batters while walking just nine on the season, and he’s allowed one or fewer runs in each of his past four outings.
John Means (0 …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

Red Sox vs Blue Jays 08/25/20 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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The Toronto Blue Jays are retaining betting value as they look to extend a trend of starting each new series off on a winning note.
The Blue Jays are -125 home favourites with the Boston Red Sox stacking up as a +105 underdog with an 11-run total on the MLB odds for Tuesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Toronto is 5-0 in its last five series-opening games, while Boston is on an 0-4 run over its last four games as a road underdog. The OVER has hit in five of the Blue Jays’ seven home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, with an average total of 12.
Centerfielder Randal Grichuk, whose .923 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) is second on the Blue Jays, has an injury concern after being lifted from Monday’s 6-4 win at Tampa Bay due to lower back tightness. Overall, the Blue Jays offence is averaging 4.56 runs per game, ranking 22nd out 30 MLB teams in on-base percentage (.311) and eighth in slugging (.445). The Red Sox are averaging 4.59 runs while ranking 19th in OBP (.319) and 13th in slugging (.425).
On the mound, there is a full two-run difference between the Blue Jays’ …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation