Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays meet for game one of their weekend series in the Bronx. The Yankees are -160 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 9.
The New York Yankees are looking like anything but world-beaters this season but are doing what we expect to see from them, leading the American League East. The Yankees are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 9-5 at home this season, and have outscored their opponents 114-88. As a team New York is hitting .248 with Alex Rodriguez hitting .313, Robinson Cano hitting .308, and Curtis Granderson hitting .273. The Yankee pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.90 with the starters at 3.99 and the bullpen at 3.73. For game one against the Jays New York starts Freddy Garcia who looked solid in his previous start. For the season Garcia has allowed five hits and a run while striking out nine in 13 innings of work.
The Toronto Blue Jays went into Texas and took three of four from the West leading Rangers but they are three games back in the AL East. The Blue Jays are 5-5 in their last 10 games and have outscored their opponents 116-110. Offensively Toronto is hitting .256 as a team with Jose Bautista hitting .360, Yunel Escobar hitting .284, and Adam Lind hitting .263. The Blue Jays pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.83 with the starters at 4.31 and the bullpen at 3.05. For game one at the Stadium Toronto starts Ricky Romero who has lost his last three starts. For the season Romero has allowed 29 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 34 in 33 innings of work.
New York is 5-1 in their last six against the AL East, 4-1 in their last five against a left handed starter, and 46-21 in their last 67 games against a team with a winning record. Toronto is 21-7 in their last 28 game one of a series, 2-6 in their last eight against the AL East, and 0-4 in Romero’s last five starts.
Romero is a talented pitcher who has a future ahead of him but he appears to have some issues right now he needs to work through and the Bronx is a terrible place to be looking for answers. The Yankees at minus 160 is an excellent value play.
New York Yankees -160 Toronto Blue Jays