With the trade deadline less than two weeks away will the Toronto Blue Jays make any moves to improve their odds to win the World Series?
Right now at online sportsbook Bodog the oddsmakers are listing Toronto at +1000 on the World Series odds. That puts them ahead of their American League East rivals the Baltimore Orioles (+1200) and Boston Red Sox (+1200), who they are chasing in the standings. If the season ended today the Blue Jays would be in the playoffs, but as a Wild Card team.
Even if Toronto doesn’t make any moves before the July 31 deadline their lineup will get a little jolt with two important players coming off the DL. Slugger Jose Bautista has been out with an injured toe since mid-June but will reportedly be back before the end of the month. Marco Estrada has been out with a bad back since the All-Star break, but could start for Toronto this weekend.
While Toronto continues to sit at +1000 on the World Series odds, the Chicago Cubs remain the favorites at +400. However, as they have been for more than a month now, the San Francisco Giants continue to close in on them and now sit at +525.
The Cubs did win three of four coming out of the All-Star break so maybe they’re finally out of the funk that saw them go 2-9 in their last 11 games leading up to the break.
The Giants headed into the All-Star break having won four straight and six of their last seven games. Against the lame duck San Diego Padres they weren’t able to keep that momentum going, as they dropped three in row.
Rounding out the top five teams on the World Series futures are the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals, all at +800. The Rangers exited the break the same way they went into it; Texas lost three of their last four games, and heading into the break they had only two wins in their last nine.
The Indians are also looking to get back on track after going 3-6 in their last nine games. Washington could see a rise on the odds if they can keep it going after winning five of their last six games. Interestingly their pitching has been helping them win, as they allowed seven runs in those six games and all six fell UNDER the posted total.