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Toronto Blue Jays Betting – Improved Blue Jays Still At Least One Year Away

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 3/21/2012 2:43:43 PM
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For longer than their fans have been able to stand, the Toronto Blue Jays have been an 80-win team that has consistently remained a competitive team that has finished just beyond the top two in the American League East. Whether it’s the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, or Tampa Bay Rays, some combination of the two has consistently pushed the Blue Jays from an AL playoff spot, extending the team’s postseason drought to 18 years.

Despite walking that line between a sportsbook contender and pretender the past couple of seasons, Toronto still has a tough road to overcome if they are going to return to the postseason for the first time since 1993, and while the additional wild card spot was supposed to be a major benefit for teams like the Blue Jays, it doesn’t help that it came with Albert Pujols joining the AL’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Canada’s lone MLB representative was the definition of mediocrity in 2011, finishing the season exactly .500 at 81-81, which was good for fourth in the AL East. Despite a strong desire to compete for a playoff spot, Blue Jays’ management decided to stay the course on its long-term plan and avoid chasing key free agents, as the club continues to develop its pool of young talent from within. Young Ricky Romero will continue to serve as the team’s ace at the top of the starting rotation after hitters hit just .193 off of him following the All Star break, and the team hopes to get a boost from another young asset in young Kyle Drabek, who was the key to the team dealing Roy Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies a couple of years ago. Sergio Santos was acquired to give the bullpen a boost as the team’s closer, with Jason Frasor and Casey Janssen sticking around in setup roles.

The Blue Jays didn’t need to make any changes on offense after the team finished fifth in the AL in runs scored with 743 and fifth in the AL in home runs with 186. Overall, manager Jon Farrell would like to see a better overall team average on top of the power numbers, and a full season from Brett Lawrie will help in that department. Toronto is banking on both Eric Thames and Colby Rasmus to be productive hitters that can work pitchers and get on base, and with a solid core of Lawrie, Jose Bautista, and Adam Lind, it will be the depth that either takes this team to the next level or leaves them close to where they were last sports bet season.

Even with the internal improvements, the Blue Jays are going to have a tough time catching the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays, and with the Angels joining the defending AL champion Texas Rangers as legitimate sports betting contenders in the AL West, that extra Wild Card spot may not make that much of a difference for Toronto in its first year. This is a young team with a ton of talent, that is capable of doing big things in the future, only it may take at least one more season and a couple of key pitching additions before the Blue Jays are ready to contend for the playoffs.

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