The Toronto Blue Jays are legit contenders in the AL East, but are they a good bet down the stretch?
Whatever happens between now and October, nobody will deny that the Toronto Blue Jays gave themselves their best chance to win a World Series since 1993.
The Jays pulled off a couple of blockbuster deals last week to land superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and ace starting pitcher David Price. If Tulowitzki stays healthy, he’s a game-changer and Price is one of the best No. 1 starting pitchers in the business.
David Price Makes Blue Jays Debut
Jays fans will get their first look at Price this afternoon when Toronto hosts the Minnesota Twins as huge -270 favorites. That’s the kind of line you’ll see when Price faces off against one of the worst teams in baseball with the best offence in MLB backing him up.
But despite the hefty line, about 88 percent of Sports Interaction bettors were backing the Blue Jays Monday afternoon.
“You can feel the excitement entering the dugout, the feeling in the locker room,” Price told reporters ahead of Monday’s start.
“This is a group of guys that want to win. This is a management and a front office that wants to win. Whenever you can kind of put those things together and put it in this city and in this country, they want to win. That’s very important. That’s what matters.”
Wins are just going to get more important as the season’s schedule winds down. Before Monday’s action, the Jays were six games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East and one game off the pace in the AL Wild Card standings.
Jays Pad Pitching
Toronto averages 5.29 runs per game and also sits among MLB’s top five in batting average, OPS, and home runs, so pushing runs across hasn’t been an issue for this club. Tulowitzki has done his part by batting .323 with a home run and three RBI since joining the team. He’s hitting .303 with 13 homers and 57 RBI on the season.
Meanwhile, with Price leading the rotation and veteran LaTroy Hawkins (also acquired in the Tulowitzki deal) Toronto has taken a big step in helping its pitching staff which has struggled with consistency all year.
Now, after management stocked the cupboards at the deadline, the pressure is on the team to perform and nothing less than the first postseason berth since 1993 will be acceptable.