Betting On The Toronto Blue Jays

Major League Baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays are available to bet on in Ontario with sportsbooks like DraftKings and BetMGM. Online sports betting first launched in the province just days before the 2022 MLB regular season began.

The Blue Jays figure to be a popular team to bet on in Ontario’s open commercial market. Toronto won the World Series in 1992 and 1993, and last won the American League East division in 2015. They earned Wild Card appearances in 2016 and 2020. Let’s take a closer look at the betting landscape surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays.

Blue Jays Odds At The Best Sportsbooks

Toronto superstar Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finished second in American League MVP voting behind Shohei Ohtani last season, and he seems poised for another big season in 2022. High-end players like Bo Bichette, George Springer, Cavan Biggio, and Teoscar Hernandez join Guerrero Jr. in creating a daunting lineup for opposing pitchers. 

Despite losing Cy Young winner Robbie Ray in free agency, the Blue Jays restocked with the signing of Kevin Gausman. Gausman inked a 5-year, $110M deal in late November. He figures to lead a talented pitching rotation that includes Jose Berrios, Hyun Jin Ryu, and Alek Manoah.

 

Where Can You Bet On The Blue Jays in Canada?

Online sports wagering with legal commercial options is expected to make its way to Ontario in early 2022. Platforms such as DraftKings, BetMGM, and Caesars will likely come to the province. In time, it is expected that other provinces will also bring in commercial sportsbooks. For now, we’ll be emphasizing what’s available in Ontario.

How MLB Betting Odds Are Calculated

There are many things to consider when placing a wager on an MLB game. Odds are determined using a number of factors including pitching matchups, injuries, and team and player trends. When it comes to moneyline and spread bets, payouts/odds are lower when betting on the favorite. The team that is favored will have a minus-sign listed before their odds. The number listed indicates how much you would have to bet in order to win $100. For example, if the Blue Jays moneyline price is -170, you would have to bet $170 to win $100.

Conversely, payouts/odds are a little higher when betting on an underdog. Those wagers are represented with a plus symbol. The plus-sign indicates how much you would win if you bet $100. For example, if the Blue Jays are underdogs with a moneyline price of +135, a $100 wager would win $135 if the Blue Jays win that game. Overall, moneyline bets are similar to the style of bets you would see in NFL and NBA wagering.

Baseball spreads are little different than in other sports leagues. Whereas NFL and NBA games can have spreads that can range up to 20+ points, the favored teams in MLB matchups are listed as -1.5 on the “run line.” Finding a team with a run line at -2.5 is fairly rare. If you back a team on the run line -1.5, this means they would have to win the game by multiple runs in order for your bet to win. Underdogs are listed at +1.5 on the run line, meaning they would have to either win the game outright or lose by a single run for that bet to win.

When it comes to the postseason, on top of each individual game, sportsbooks offer bets on the winner of each series, as well as the Wild Card games. The odds will be updated after each game, so you don’t necessarily have to place a wager before the series starts. 

What Kind Of Bets Can Be Placed On The Blue Jays?

Sports betting odds and lines vary depending on what type of bet you choose. In addition, odds can sometimes vary across different sportsbooks, so it’s important to understand how to read them in order to find which bets are worth taking. Here is a breakdown of some types of bets that are available when betting on the Blue Jays and on the MLB in general.

Moneyline Bets

Also referred to as a straight bet, a moneyline bet is when you simply pick who you think will win the game. Regardless of how close the game is, if you bet on the Blue Jays to win and they do, then you win money. Simple as that. 

Run Line Bets

Typically referred to as “spread bets” in other sports, MLB betting uses what is called the “run line.” In this case, the favored team is listed at -1.5 while the underdog is +1.5. In order for a run line bet to cash, the favored team (-1.5) must win the game by multiple runs. On the other side, the underdog (+1.5) must either win the game or lose by one run. Depending on the matchup, odds are typically higher when backing the favorite -1.5. 

Game Totals

These types of bets refer to the total amount of runs scored in the game. You can place a bet on the amount of runs to either go over or stay under the listed total. For example, consider a game in which the Blue Jays are playing the Red Sox and the listed total is 8.5 runs. If you bet on the over, you will need the two teams to combine for at least 9 runs in the game to win your bet. If you bet on the under, then you would need the two teams to stay under 8.5 combined runs to win. The odds for both the over and under are typically right around -110, meaning that you would need to bet $110 to win $100.

Totals can be higher or lower depending on a number of factors. Most notably, pitching matchups play a key role for sportsbooks when determining what the total will be. For example, a marquee pitching matchup between two aces could produce a lower total around 7 or 7.5, as a lower-scoring game can be expected. Conversely, a pitching matchup between two No. 5 starters could cause sportsbooks to list the total a bit higher at 9 or 9.5, as a higher-scoring game could be more likely.

Parlay Bets

Parlays are a fun way to potentially earn a bigger payout. In a parlay, bets include multiple picks on at least two different games. For example, if you put together a two-team moneyline parlay involving the Blue Jays and White Sox, you would need both teams to win their respective games in order to receive a payout.

Some sportsbooks like FanDuel and DraftKings now offer same-game parlays. This is when you can put multiple picks from a single game into a parlay. These types of bets also allow you to enter player props into your parlay.

Player Prop Bets

Player props focus on a single player in a game. In MLB games, sportsbooks usually offer player prop bets relating to hits, runs, total bases, home runs, and pitcher strikeouts. For example, bettors can bet on Alek Manoah to record over or under his listed total of 6.5 strikeouts in a start. These types of bets can vary between sportsbooks, so be sure to shop around on multiple platforms to make sure you are getting the best possible number.

Futures Bets

A futures bet is different from placing a bet on a single game. A futures bet involves betting on a series or an award that will be decided in the future. In MLB betting, futures bets can include a team’s chances to win their division, win their respective league, or win the World Series. DraftKings currently lists the Toronto Blue Jays at +650 to win the American League, and +1300 to win the World Series.

Just because a team is expected to be one of the top teams at the beginning of the season, doesn’t mean that they will be by the end of the season. Because of this, odds and lines are constantly being updated by the various sportsbooks.

In any sport, a matchup between two teams early in the season could be very different from a matchup between the same two teams near the end of the season. Aspects such as matchup trends, injuries, trades, and suspensions are factors that sportsbooks consider when updating odds and lines throughout the course of a season. This process is not only applied to individual head-to-head matchups, but to the futures market as well. Be sure to keep this in mind when diving into the MLB futures market.

Toronto Blue Jays Sports Betting FAQs

How popular is betting on the Blue Jays?

As Canada’s lone MLB team, the Blue Jays are sure to be a popular team to bet on in Ontario and Canada as a whole. Here are the best odds for Toronto to win the upcoming World Series (if available):

Who has the best odds on the Blue Jays?

Odds and lines can vary between sportsbooks, so it’s important to shop around at the various platforms to ensure you are getting the best odds available before placing your wagers.

Do the Blue Jays have any partnerships with a sportsbook?

Yes, the Toronto Blue Jays are currently in an exclusive 10-year deal with theScore Bet. The operator is originally based in Toronto, making it an ideal partnership for both sides.

Does DraftKings offer odds on the Blue Jays?

Yes. DraftKings offers betting odds on the Blue Jays. When launched, bettors in Ontario will be able to bet on games involving the Blue Jays on the platform. Right now, DraftKings offers the following odds for Toronto to win the World Series (if available):

About the Author

Connor Grootenhuis

Connor Grootenhuis is a sportswriter covering all things gambling and sports betting. Based in the Bayou State of Louisiana, he is a lifelong sports fan and a believer that every loss is a bad bet and every win is easy money.