March 15, 2008
THE BATTLE FOR THE BRONZE?:
Wanna bet Jays finish third in East? (Dave Perkins, 3/15/08, Toronto Star)
The way the Red Sox and Yankees and their fans are obsessed only about each other is old news to the Blue Jay faithful.
For several years now, the Blue Jays have been treated as an afterthought. However, near-constant dismissal may not be a bad thing, because if this team ever jumps up to the post-season, it will have come in under the radar.
That said, Las Vegas has established the Jays at their usual pecking order in the pre-season under/over victory totals, namely third in the American League East and sixth overall in the AL.
Anticipated win total for the Blue Jays is 85 1/2 for the 2008 season and, as always in matters of gambling, if a number seems incorrect to you, don't bet more than you want to win.
Boston (94 1/2) and New York (93 1/2) occupy the top two spots. Other AL teams with higher numbers are Detroit (93), Anaheim (92 1/2) and Cleveland (89 1/2).
Any team that can run out Roy Halladay, AJ Burnett and Dustin McGowan a hundred games a year is not to be taken lightly. But the injury to Casey Janssen and the rehab of BJ Ryan leave them with a weak bullpen. Ands while Aaron Hill is an emerging star ar 2b, they'd need a monster comeback from Vernon Wells and a significant step forward by Alex Rios before their offense was legit. Experience may be enough to keep them ahead of the up-and-coming Rays for one more year, but don't bet on it. Posted by Orrin Judd at March 15, 2008 7:59 AM