MLB Predictions: Toronto Blue Jays Analysis for the Upcoming 2023 Season

MLB Predictions: Toronto Blue Jays Analysis for the Upcoming 2023 Season

Spring training is here and the MLB season is now very much upon us. While hope springs eternal for every team in the league at this time of year, the reality is that we already have a very good idea about the teams that are likely to still be playing beyond the end of the regular season. Besides the obvious favorites, there are a few dark horses that could potentially make some noise if they can steer clear of injury and have some things go their way. I would suggest that the Toronto Blue Jays are in that group, as they have a very good team, albeit in a ridiculously tough division. Let’s take a closer look at the 2023 MLB betting analysis for Blue Jays and how they might make out this season .

 

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The Blue Jays in 2022

While it looked for a while as though the Yankees were going to shatter all kinds of records and put together a season for the ages, the Toronto Blue Jays kept plucking away and eventually closed the gap down to 7 games, going 92-70 in the process. That record was enough to get them into the postseason, where they were swept by the Mariners in the Wild Card.

The obvious strengths of the Blue Jays in 2022 were on the offensive side of the ball, hammering in 807 runs on the season, which was second only to the juggernaut LA Dodgers. What this team didn’t get, and which was especially obvious in the postseason, was a reliable outings from their starters.

The question heading into 2023 is whether the pitching staff can hold up their end of the bargain, as I don’t expect the bats to cool off anytime soon.

 
 

The Blue Jays in 2023

It is most likely to be another offensive slugfest from the Blue Jays, with Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette once again ready to inflict some pain on opposing pitchers. Guerrero had 32 HR and 97 RBI last season, numbers that I think he can improve in this time around, while Bichette led the team in batting average at .290. As we mentioned earlier, the pitching staff did not really get the job done, although Alek Manoah and Kevin Gausman put in decent efforts. Hyun Jin Ryu struggled with injuries, so hopefully he can stay healthy.

A bounce back season from Jose Berrios could also help the cause. The Blue Jays front office didn’t do much in the offseason, so they must be somewhat comfortable with the pieces they have, although we will see if they feel the same way when the trade deadline rolls around.

The bookies seem to like their chances to, as the Blue Jays are currently sitting at +490 to win the AL Pennant.

 

Prediction for 2023

Getting past the Yankees to win the division seems like a bit of an ask, but if the Blue Jays pitching can improve this season, it might not prove to be a bridge too far. Either way, I think this team is more than good enough to at least nab themselves a Wild Card spot, after which anything can happen. Again, this is a team that will have the offense, but until we see the arms go to work, all bets are off, in my opinion.

 
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