|Toronto Blue Jays 2006 Summary|
TORONTO BLUE JAYS 2008 SUMMARY
MLB betting odds show that Toronto has some pitching talent led by Roy Halladay along with youngsters Dustin McGowan, Shaun Marcum and Jesse Litsch. The Bluejays also have A.J. Burnett who is capable of winning or losing at anytime versus MLB baseball betting odds.
Halladay, Burnett, McGowan, Marcum and Litsch combined to go 56-38 with a 3.85 ERA over their last 128 starts according to MLB betting stats. McGowan and Marcum figure to go behind Halladay and Burnett in the rotation. Halladay was 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA according to MLB betting stats. Burnett was 10-8 with a 3.75 ERA and a team-high 176 strikeouts according to MLB betting stats.
The offense will be built around a lot of talent including Vernon Wells and Reed Johnson who should bounce back with better seasons. Star outfielder Alex Rios is already among the league’s best as MLB baseball betting experts remember. In 149 games, Wells hit just .245 with 16 home runs and 80 RBIs according to MLB betting stats and that was a big drop off. Johnson’s numbers also suffered as he was injured last season.
What should help both players is new lead off man David Eckstein. Getting Eckstein from St. Louis gives the Bluejays an intense force at the top of the lineup. Returning to DH is Matt Stairs who had a great year last season hitting.289 with 21 homers and 64 RBIs according to MLB betting stats. The Bluejays traded Troy Glaus to St. Louis and got Scott Rolen in his place. That should be an equal trade according to MLB baseball betting experts if Rolen is healthy. At second base is Aaron Hill who ranked first among AL second basemen with 114 double plays according to MLB betting stats. He also hit.291 with 17 home runs, 47 doubles and 78 RBIs in 160 games for the Blue Jays according to MLB betting stats. At first base is Lyle Overbay and the team has nice depth with John McDonald and Marco Scutaro. The catching position is still manned by Gregg Zaun.
Most MLB betting experts don’t know what to think of Toronto. On paper they could challenge for the playoffs but history has shown that more often than not they disappoint their MLB betting followers.