The Toronto Blue Jays have rocketed into the playoff picture in the American League over the past three weeks and both baseball bettors and the sportsbooks have taken notice.
“The Blue Jays have become the hottest bet in baseball since the MLB trade deadline with the number of bets on the Blue Jays doubling over these past few weeks,” said Kevin Bradley of Bovada.
“Fortunately for bettors, they have been winning most of those bets with the Blue Jays on a torrid 13-3 run since August 1.”
Toronto began the month of August by closing out a series victory over the Royals, then swept three straight series against the Twins, Yankees, and Athletics before stumbling a bit with two losses to New York over the weekend.
And Bradley said bettors seem to be looking for more ways to wager on the hot Blue Jays, with “a continued push on World Series futures and the odds to win the AL East, where they are sitting as -155 favorites.”
Blue Jays Odds Keep Improving
That -155 is a big improvement from Toronto’s +400 odds to win the AL East title back on July 15, and the Blue Jays are now up to +400 on the odds to win the World Series. Bettors could’ve placed money on Toronto at +4000 on the World Series betting lines at one point this season, and as recently as August 1 they sat at +1600 at Bodog.
Of course, the last time the Blue Jays actually paid off on a World Series futures wager was in 1993, when Joe Carter hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 6 of the best-of-seven set against the Phillies to give the team its second consecutive title.
That 1993 Blue Jays team ended up winning the AL East by seven games over the Yankees, going 95-67 on the season and putting up a division-leading run differential of +105 behind the WAMCO offense of Devon White, Roberto Alomar, Paul Monitor, Carter, and John Olerud.
This season the Blue Jays have already built up a run differential of +141, the best in all of baseball, behind the hitting of Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin, and the newly-acquired Troy Tulowitzki.
And that prowess at the plate has given bettors another way to try to make money off Toronto’s hot stretch, with more wagers on player props such as ‘Will Tulowitzki’s total hits + runs + RBI be over or under 2.5 for the day’s game?’ at sportsbooks like Bodog.