Stanton Atop Odds to Lead Major Leagues in Home Runs

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The Miami Marlins approach the upcoming season with distant 50/1 odds to win the World Series but that has not lowered expectations for slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has emerged as a strong +700 betting favorite to lead the major leagues in home runs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Stanton is coming off a disappointing 2015 campaign in which he initially looked poised to repeat as National League home run champ. However, after connecting on 27 long balls in just 74 games, Stanton’s season was cut short by a hand injury that required surgery and prevented him from swinging a bat until December.

The 26-year-old has also battled a nagging knee injury during the current Grapefruit League schedule, picking up just his first home run of the spring in the Marlins’ 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Stanton is closely followed on the home run champion odds by Mike Trout, listed at +900 at the sportsbooks. The 2014 American League MVP hit a career-high 41 home runs for the Los Angeles Angels last year, including 12 in the month of July, but went yard on just nine occasions over the final two months of the season.

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper broke through with 42 home runs in an MVP season a year ago, and is pegged as a +1000 bet to be tops in the majors in long balls, followed by the 2015 AL home run king, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles, at +1200, and Krys Bryant of the Chicago Cubs at +1400.

The Toronto Blue Jays were one of the biggest stories of 2015, powering to their first AL East division title since 1993 on the strength of a 43-18 stretch run. Toronto also led the majors with 232 total home runs, and have three sluggers sporting 20/1 odds to win the home run title, including reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion.

Donaldson busted out in his first year in Toronto, establishing career-bests in multiple offensive categories, including 41 home runs. Meanwhile, Bautista’s 40 round-trippers in 2015 now give him a total of 227 since 2010, and Encarnacion has averaged almost 38 dingers over the past four seasons.

The Blue Jays’ bats are joined at 20/1 on the odds to lead baseball in home runs this season by a trio of sluggers including Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners, Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins, and the Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado.

MLB games today: Schedule, start times, matchups, Peacock live stream info for today’s baseball games

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The Toronto Blue Jays take on the Pittsburgh Pirates today at 12:00 PM ET on Peacock. See below for additional information on how to watch today’s Blue Jays vs Pirates matchup and the full Sunday schedule of games.

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What MLB games are on today?

(All times are listed as ET)

Blue Jays @ Pirates – 12:05 PM

Athletics @ Orioles – 1:35 PM

Rangers @ Red Sox – 1:35 PM

Marlins @ Braves – 1:35 PM

Rockies @ Reds – 1:40 PM

Royals @ Tigers – 1:40 PM

Nationals @ Mets – 1:40 PM

Yankees @ Rays – 1:40 PM

Twins @ White Sox – 2:10 PM

Cubs @ Cardinals – 2:15 PM

Mariners @ Guardians – 2:40 PM

Phillies @ Giants – 4:05 PM

Astros @ Angels – 4:07 PM

Brewers @ Diamondbacks – 4:10 PM

Padres @ Dodgers – 7:08 PM


How to watch Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates:

  • When: Sunday, September 4
  • Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Time: 12:00 p.m ET (live coverage begins at 11:30)
  • Live Stream: Watch live on Peacock

How to watch the MLB on Peacock:                           

Baseball is back and for the first time ever MLB games are coming to Peacock this May, featuring a total of 18 Sunday match ups. Click here to sign up for Peacock and watch MLB games live on Sunday mornings!

In addition to MLB games, Peacock will also feature a new MLB hub which will include access to highlight packages and award-winning documentaries from the MLB Film & Video Archive.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates live on Peacock: How to watch, stream, start time, TV channel for MLB Sunday Leadoff game

It's the Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates this Sunday on Peacock! Find out how to watch/live stream the game!
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It’s the Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates this Sunday, September 4 at 12:00 PM ET on Peacock. 18 MLB games will be featured on the streaming service this season. Live coverage begins at 11:30 a.m ET. See below for additional information on how to watch the game.

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Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays currently sit third in the AL East which puts them in the third and final Wild Card spot if playoffs were to start today. The team has had to overcome a lot of challenges this season so far, including adjusting to interim manager John Schneider, after Toronto parted ways with manager Charlie Montoyo on July 13, but starting pitcher Ross Stripling says that the team has learned to bounce back in spite of adversity.

“I think the word that’s going to follow the 2022 Blue Jays for years to come is ‘streaky,’” Stripling told reporters at MLB.com. “We’ve had more highs and lows this year than any team I’ve been a part of. You won’t see us get too down, because after lows, we’ve had a lot of highs. I think we’re ready to start playing good baseball again.”

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates sit last in NL Central and have the third worst record in Major League Baseball. The team’s bullpen and rotation have struggled all season long and having a young roster has made it difficult for the Pirates to find their identity. Team General Manager Ben Cherington has made it clear that the Pirates will work to find long-term solutions to these struggles in the offseason.

“We understand going into this offseason that one of the ways going forward is to identify areas of the team where we have maybe what you’d call a black hole, where we’re just not getting enough production from this spot or these spots,” Cherington told reporters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That’s on us in baseball operations to find a way to solve that going into next year.”

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How to watch Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates:

  • When: Sunday, September 4
  • Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Time: 12:00 p.m ET (live coverage begins at 11:30)
  • Live Stream: Watch live on Peacock

How to watch the MLB on Peacock:                           

Baseball is back and for the first time ever MLB games are coming to Peacock this May, featuring a total of 18 Sunday match ups. Click here to sign up for Peacock and watch MLB games live on Sunday mornings!

In addition to MLB games, Peacock will also feature a new MLB hub which will include access to highlight packages and award-winning documentaries from the MLB Film & Video Archive.