Theo Epstein has barely sobered up from his post-World Series binge but with pitchers and catchers (and Jose Bautista) already reporting to spring training camp, the 2017 MLB season is just about upon us.
Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins didn’t’ really make much of a splash in their first full offseason with the Jays and with most of the competition in the AL East making vast improvements to their clubs, oddsmakers – like most fans – aren’t expecting a big season from the Toronto Blue Jays.
After losing Edwin Encarnacion and replacing him with the likes of Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, Canada’s baseball team is probably due for a regression and online shop TopBet has reflected that by setting their 2017 OVER/UNDER win total at 85.5 a year after they finished with 89.
Since coming aboard, Shapiro has preached a business-first mentality that could have the Jays on the outside looking in come October. With that in mind, most sportsbooks have pegged Toronto at about 20/1 to the win the World Series but with Cleveland, New York, Boston and Houston all in their way, it’s going to be a tough row to hoe.
Montreal Canadiens – Therrien fired Julien hired, redux
Fans in Montreal had been calling for blood for quite some time and they were finally treated to a show when Habs’ GM Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that the recently fired Claude Julien would be taking over Michel Therrien’s head coaching duties for the second time.
This was huge news for the NHL and sportsbooks took notice, releasing props for how the Canadiens would finish the regular season, how far they would make it in the playoffs and whether or not they’d breach an OVER/UNDER of 97.5 points.
With Julien signed on until the 2021-22 season, the continuous revolving door of Montreal Canadiens’ head coaches seems to have come to a temporary halt. That being said, the easily disgruntled fans in Montreal are one bad losing streak away from another hissy fit. If I were Guy Boucher, I’d keep my pager on.
PGA Tour – Canadians at the Genesis Open
The surge of Canadian golfers on the PGA Tour continues but with Adam Hadwin sitting as the low-Canadian (four strokes back of the lead) after the first round at the Genesis Open, that first 2017 tour win for a Canuck may have to wait.
After showing he’s capable of shooting a round of 59, however, anything is possible for the 29-year old and with an updated price of 66/1, per Bodog, Hadwin could be worth a sprinkle.
Other notable Canadians in the field are David Hearn (-1) and Graham DaLaet who sits two strokes over par. Entering tournament play, DaLaet had 125/1 odds to take the title but that line took a hit after his poor first round showing.