New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees return to the field after their three day break as they meet in game one of their series in Toronto. The Yankees are -150 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Toronto Blue Jays haven’t been as strong as they have been in recent years but while they are near the back of the pack in the AL East, they aren’t any pushovers and this isn’t a team ready to quit. The Blue Jays have won their last three games in a row, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and 19-22 at home this season as they are 11 games back in the division. As a team Toronto is hitting .257 led by Jose Bautista at .334 with 31 home runs and 65 RBI’s, Adam Lind at .300, and Yunel Escobar at .291. As a team the Blue Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 4.15 with the starters at 4.40 and the bullpen at 3.68. For game one against the Bronx Bombers Toronto starts Jo-Jo Reyes who has been far from stellar on the mound but it’s yielding better results than we have been accustomed to seeing from him in the win-loss columns. For the season Reyes has allowed 122 hits and 51 earned runs while striking out 59 in 100.1 innings of work.
The New York Yankees begin their post All Star Break campaign in second place in the American League East and if they are going to make a move, it will have to be without Alex Rodriguez who is out for the time being following surgery. The Yankees are 23-16 on the road this year, 6-4 in their last 10 games, have won their last two, and trail the Boston Red Sox by a game in the division. As a team New York is hitting .258 led by Home Run Derby Champion Robinson Cano at .296, Derek Jeter at .270, and Curtis Granderson at .269. As a team the Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.46 with the starters at 3.62 and the bullpen at 3.11. For game one at the Rogers Centre New York starts Bartolo Colon who has been a nice comeback story this season though he lost last time out following four consecutive wins. For the season Colon has allowed 81 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 79 over 90 innings of work.
Toronto is 4-10 in their last 14 home games, 21-7 following an off day, and 0-5 in their last five home games against a right-handed starter. New York is 4-1 in their last five road games against a team with a losing home record, 13-6 in their last 19 road games, and 4-0 in Colon’s last four road starts. New York has won four of the last five meetings of these two.
The Jays are a better team on the road while the Yankees have just been good no matter where they are playing and look for them to be good enough once again here. Take the Yankees minus the 150.
New York Yankees -150 Toronto Blue Jays