2020 Toronto Blue Jays Predictions and Odds to Win the World Series
Chaos creates opportunity in stock markets. And I can tell you that one stock I am certainly buying low is that of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto looks ready to turn the corner on their rebuilding effort. They have one of the most promising and exciting young cores in baseball, with second-generation stars-in-the-making Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Vlad Guerrero Jr. all at the fore. That trio is the headliner, but there is a fountain of other young talent around them and a lineup stacked with high-upside guys that are all 26 or younger.
The Blue Jays aggressively addressed their biggest area of weakness this offseason. Last year's starters posted a combined 5.25 ERA, No. 22 in the Majors. So the front office searched far and wide and retooled the entire pitching staff, bringing in five new potential starters.
How the new starters come together and perform, along with how the young bucks continue to develop, will ultimately tell the tale of the 2020 campaign for the Blue Jays. But regardless, Toronto is a team whose arrow is definitely pointed in the right direction, and I am getting on the bandwagon early.
Toronto Blue Jays 2020 Projected Lineup (updated expert MLB picks daily)
1. Bo Bichette - SS
2. Cavan Biggio - 2B
3. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - OF
4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - 3B
5. Travis Shaw - 1B
6. Randal Grichuk - OF
7. Teoscar Hernandez - DH
8. Derek Fisher - OF
9. Danny Jansen - C
The Blue Jays lineup featured 13 guys that hit at least 10 home runs last year. They finished No. 9 in the league in taters but balanced that out with the worst team batting average in the Majors (.236).
Guerrero, who just turned 21 years old, had an outstanding rookie season and has given the franchise a glimpse of what's to come. The hype surrounding Guerrero is intense. But he has handled it very well and should benefit from having even less pressure on him in this truncated season.
Biggio and Bichette both showed flashes as well. Considering their pedigree, and the fact that Biggio is just 24 and Bichette is just 22, and there is still a whole lot of blue sky for this lineup.
Rowdy Tellez (25), Teoscar Hernandez (27), and Lourdes Gurriel (26) are other young thumpers just rounding into their primes. The trio combined to clock 67 home runs and drive in 170 runs despite none of them playing more than 125 games. The most promising of the bunch was Gurriel, who put up a .277/20/50 line in just 84 games. He has All-Star potential and may be the team's best hitter right now.
Randal Grichuck and Travis Shaw are both all-or-nothing guys. And Hernandez and Tellez both need to improve on their .230 and .227 batting averages, respectively. That foursome is emblematic of the boom-or-bust approach that this lineup has. I appreciate their dedication to the "three true outcomes" approach. But at some point they need to understand that singles and doubles have value too.
Toronto Blue Jays 2020 Projected Rotation And Closer
1. Hyun-Jin Ryu (L)
2. Chase Anderson (R)
3. Tanner Roark (R)
4. Matt Shoemaker (R)
5. Trent Thornton (R)
Closer: Ken Giles
Speaking of boom-or-bust, the same can be said for the Blue Jays rotation this year. Toronto brought in five new starters this season. The big free agent catch was Ryu, He finished second in Cy Young voting last season and has an incredible 2.20 ERA over the last two seasons, going 21-8 over those 44 starts. Ryu is being counted on as the new staff ace even though he will be adjusting to an entirely new league.
Chase Anderson and Tanner Roark are both looking for fresh starts after disappointing 2019's. They both project out as backend rotation guys. But they are were undoubtedly better than what Toronto had last year, and they are both proven innings eaters.
Matt Shoemaker is an intriguing option. He has great stuff but can't stay healthy. Shoemaker has seen his season cut short each of the past three years and has made just 26 starts since the end of 2016. He posted a 1.57 ERA in five starts to close out last year, though, and has looked great this spring.
Ken Giles is an outstanding closer, saving 23 games and blowing just one last year. Giles has 86 saves over the last three seasons, with just five blown saves. Toronto's bullpen was thoroughly mediocre last season. But if the starters can handle more of an innings load this could shape into a Top 10 group.
Toronto Blue Jays Odds To Win The World Series
The Blue Jays aren't going to come close to winning the World Series this year. The books know that, and that's why they are at 100-to-1 to win the championship. Toronto is 50-to-1 to win the American League, and they are 35-to-1 to win the American League East.
Toronto Blue Jays 2020 Predictions
I am basing all of my predictions on my belief in an 81-game season that starts on July 1. I have absolutely no inside information about MLB's plans for the 2020 season. However, for the sake of discussion, 81 games are what I have in mind while writing these previews.
The Yankees are the dominant power in the East . The Orioles are a waste of life. I think Boston is going to take a significant step back in the short term. That means that Tampa Bay and Toronto should be slugging it out for second place in the division and a potential playoff slot.
Toronto has an exciting young team. I think they are going to run really hot and really cold for spells. And they are two or three stable veterans away from being a real power in the American League. But they should be an exciting team and a potential moneymaker for clients. I like the makeup of this group, and they will definitely be a team I'm looking to bet on this year.
Robert Ferringo is a professional sports bettor and handicapper for Doc's Sports and is considered one of the top MLB betting experts in the country. He has posted three consecutive winning MLB seasons and closed the 2019 season on a +$10,000 baseball run for his followers. Robert has beaten the books for six of seven profitable seasons on the diamond and is looking forward to another winning season for his clients. If you would like some help winning more bets in MLB this season the good news is that you can try out Ferringo's MLB picks for free when you set up your complimentary $60 account here.
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