New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays meet on Friday for game two of their series in the Bronx. The Yankees are -115 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The New York Yankees fell behind early on Thursday but battled back in a hurry to get the win. Robinson Cano, Vernon Wells, and Francisco Cervelli each hit home runs and Ichiro Suzuki had two hits as the Yankees scored five runs on nine hits in all. Starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda allowed six hits and three earned runs while striking out three over six innings to get the win and go to 3-1 on the season while Mariano Rivera struck out two to earn his seventh save. For Friday’s game New York starts Ivan Nova who has been hit hard this season. For the year Nova has allowed 19 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 16 over 14.2 innings of work for a 1-1 record and 6.14 ERA.
The Toronto Blue Jays made a lot of off-season moves to try and become a contender but what it has amounted to is last place in the NL East standings and a 6.5 game lead they already need to overcome. Brett Lawrie had two hits including a home run, Edwin Encarnacion hit a home run, and Melky Cabrera and Rajai Davis had hits as the Blue Jays scored three runs on seven hits. On the mound starting pitcher Mark Buehrle was spotted a three run lead but he wasn’t able to hod it as he allowed seven hits and five runs while striking out three over 5.1 inning to take the loss and drop to 1-1 on the year. For Friday’s game Toronto starts Josh Johnson who looks nothing like the overpowering star we knew for the Marlins. For the season Johnson has allowed 28 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 19 over 19.2 innings of work for a 0-1 record and a 6.86 ERA.
New York is 17-7 in their last 24 games against a team with a losing record, 6-2 in their last eight games as a home favorite, and 19-9 in Nova’s last 27 starts against the AL East. Toronto is 6-14 in their last 20 road games, 2-6 in their last eight games against the AL East, and 1-5 in their last six games as an underdog. Toronto is 3-8 in the last 11 meetings of these two.
There should be plenty of runs in this on but look for the Yankees to get the best of it once again as Johnson has been absolutely awful.
New York Yankees -115 Toronto Blue Jays