Online sports gambling expectations were actually high for the Blue Jays last year but then ended up with yet another losing internet sports gambling campaign. Toronto finished the 2009 online sports gambling season with a record of 75-87 and ended up shipping out their best pitcher, Roy Halladay, who will spend the 2010 sports book gambling season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Halladay was a major reason as to why Toronto was expected to be a 2009 online sports gambling contender for a wild card spot. Without him there are little expectations of anything other than another losing season for the 2010 year.
Rickey Romero will take Halladay’s spot as the number one starter for the 2010 online sports gambling season. Romero was a rookie last year and had a solid season in which he went 13-9 with a 4.30 earned run average.
Still, the fact that he is slated to be the Blue Jays number one starter cannot be a comforting thought to online sports gambling handicappers for the upcoming season. The rest of the starting rotation is a major question mark. Shaun Marcum is slated as the number two starter.
Last year Marcum went 9-7 with a 3.39 earned run average. In his three seasons with Toronto he has a 3.95 earned run average, which is encouraging. Closer Kevin Gregg arrives from the Chicago Cubs where he struggled with a 4.72 earned run average and 7 blown saves in 30 opportunities.
He was a top shelf closer before that with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Florida Marlins respectively. Designated hitter Adam Lind leads the offensive attack as he is coming off his best ever season in 2009 in which he hit .305 with 35 home runs, 46 doubles, and 114 runs batted in.
It was a meteoric rise for Lind and the question now is whether that was a portent of things to come or a one hit wonder type of season.