Who’s winning this division?
I know the Jays are the favorite and that can be the chalkier play here, but I mean, we’re just worried about winning right now, not worried about DFS or anything like that, so chalk doesn’t necessarily matter. And you know, still plus odds, so I still like the Jays. They added Kevin Gausman in the offseason, you get a full year of Jose Berrios, and then you have Chapman as well as additions. But, if you’re looking for a higher value, I do think the Rays are the better way to go in terms of Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, outside of the favorite, at +320. Of course, Erik highlighted a lot about how good the Rays have been over the past few years, and talking about their roster and everything, so I do think the Jays are the way I want to go, but if you want to go for a little bit more of a payout potential, the Rays are the pick here.
Okay, Erik, you look at it the same?
Yeah, I agree with pretty much everything Nick said there. I think it’s the Jays or the Rays for me as the most interesting. I think if we were ignoring the odds, I might slightly give the edge to the Jays just because I think they have the highest upside in that division—tons of youth in Vlad Jr., Bo Bichette, Alek Manoah on the pitching side, and I love Alejandro Kirk too, I think he could be in line for a breakout season. I think if you’re talking about the team in this division that might go win 105 or 108, I think they have the best shot at it.
But again, the Rays, they just always get it done, and the downside there is so low. I think with that depth of the roster that I was talking about, I think they’re the steady option. And if you’re looking at the odds, their odds are much better than the Jays, or at least enough better that I think that makes them the best bet even if I would slightly prefer the Jays, all else being equal.
Nick’s Top Bet: Rays (+320)
Erik’s Top Bet: Rays (+320)
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