MLB Playoffs Game 5: Toronto Blue Jays Betting Soars

Frank Doyle | Updated Oct 04, 2017

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The Blue Jays are seeing a wave of betting support ahead of their ALDS Game 5 matchup against Texas.

The Toronto Blue Jays may have been down in this American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers, but their bettor supporters never considered them out.

MLB Playoffs Odds

Now, after losing the first two games of the series on home turf, the Blue Jays are back at the Rogers Centre this afternoon as -185 favourites to win the deciding game of the series.

As of noon ET, about 82 percent of bets on this matchup were coming in on the Blue Jays, who will send 24-year-old pitching sensation Marcus Stroman to the mound against Texas Rangers veteran Cole Hamels.

“I enjoy the pressure, I enjoy the spotlight,” Stroman told reporters. “This is a big stage, and I’m just excited to be out there.”

Stroman picked up a no-decision in Toronto’s 14-inning loss in Game 2, but pitched well after some early shakiness. He finished with three earned runs and five strikeouts to go with two walks over seven innings and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any start since returning from ACL surgery last month.

“I’d say I’m confident, some people may call it cocky,” Stroman said at a press conference Tuesday.

“I mean it is what it is, it’s something that my dad kind of raised me with; a huge chip on my shoulder.”

World Series Odds

For the first time in months, the Toronto Blue Jays are not at the top of the World Series betting board. They sit at +250 to win the World Series as of now, just behind the Chicago Cubs (+200) who have already advanced to the National League Championship.

Expect those odds to change if the Toronto Blue Jays can pull out another big win today.

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