Betting Odds for Blue Jays to Win AL East Division

Toronto Blue Jays betting odds to win AL East

After a 9 game winning streak by the Toronto Blue Jays, they are sitting atop the American League East Division and have been one of the hottest teams in baseball. This is the best start for the Jays since July 2000, and the oddsmakers have taken notice and made them favourites to win the AL East division.

At online betting sites, the Toronto Blue Jays are now the (+175) favourites to win the AL East, closely followed by the NY Yankees at (+210) and the defending WS champs Boston are (+500).

After the season began, it became apparent that the AL East in not what it used to be, and this couldn’t be more true for the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, who are now at the bottom of the division after a 22-29 start that included a record breaking 10 game losing streak. This doesn’t exatcly come as bad news to Blue Jays fans who still remember manger John Farrell and stint with the team.

It is the struggles of Boston, and the mediocre start of an aging Yankees team that gives Canadian baseball fans hope of Toronto’s first AL division win since 1993. Even the odds makers did not believe in the Blue Jays as Toronto was still not favoured to win the Al East despite until yesterday, despite leading the division. But, it was after a 9 game winning streak that betting sites have taken notice and now Toronto are the favourites.

The Jays have been an offensive powerhouse so far and lead the league with 76 home runs as a team.  Jose Reyes is healthy, Melky Cabrera is returning to the all-star form he was in back while playing with San Francisco, and Edwin Encarnacion has been the hottest hitter in baseball for the month of May with 14 home runs.

Although this has generated a buzz among Blue Jays fans, most baseball experts will tell you that after the all-star break is when teams really take shape and the true contenders emerge.