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Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees, 6/4/19 7:07 PM ET Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada, TV: New York (YES), Toronto (Sportsnet One) Radio: New York (101.9 FM), Toronto (16 AM)
The New York Yankees (38-20) and the Toronto Blue Jays (21-38) will start their series today. The Yankees are coming off a three-game set against Boston where they took the first two matchups 4-1 and 5-3. However they couldn’t complete the sweep as they lost 8-5 on Sunday. Masahiro Tanaka will start today, who’s season stateline is 3-4 a record with a 3.20 ERA, 65 Ks, and 17 BBs in 70.1 innings pitched.
The Blue Jays are coming off a weekend set in Colorado where they lost all three games. Clayton Richard will get the start for them with only 8.0 innings under his belt this season. His record is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA, five Ks and six walks.
The youth movement has stepped up for the Bronx Bombers’ as Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier so far have had excellent seasons. Nobody in baseball is barreling the ball more frequently than Gary Sanchez, as he sits in the top 10 of most batted ball metrics. It’s extremely impressive that the Yankees have continued to win without star players GianCarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, as well as role players Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird.
Eric Sogard (L), 2B
Vladimir Guerrero Jr (R), 3B
Justin Smoak (S), 1B
Randal Grichuk (R), RF
Rowdy Tellez (L), DH
Freddy Galvis (S), SS
Billy McKinney (L), LF
Jonathan Davis (R), CF
Danny Jansen (L), C
Blue Jays Analysis
Clayton Richard’s will make his third start of the season and look for his first win. He allowed two runs on four walks in four innings in his previous start against Tampa, resulting in a 3-1 loss. Richard’s also limited Boston to a run in four innings in his Blue Jays debut a few weeks ago. Last season with San Diego he posted a 5.33 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. His last start against the Yankees came way back in 2008, where he held them to only two runs in 6.2 innings.
Over the last ten games, Justin Smoak has been Toronto’s hottest hitter with six jacks and 11 RBI’s. He also sports a .240 average and a team-leading 12 home runs and 33 RBI’s. Last season Smoak recorded a .339 average with 12 RBI’s in 62 at bats against the Yankees, however he has only two hits in 21 career at bats against Tanaka. Smoak isn;’t the only Blue Jay who’s struggled as Randal Grichuk is 2 for 7 and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is 0 for 3. All of that doesn’t bode well for a Toronto team looking to score runs. They rank 28th in the MLB averaging 3.75 runs on the year, and their pitching staff ranks 18th with a decent 4.48 team ERA.
Now that Toronto is playing AL teams again, Rowdy Tellez should be back at DH and Lourdes Gurriel Jr, should be back in LF. Eric Sogard hasn’t’ played much recently as Cavan Biggio has seen some starts at second base.
DJ LeMahieu (R), 2B
Luke Voit (R), 1B
Gary Sanchez (R), C
Gleyber Torres (R), SS
Aaron Hicks (S), DH
Clint Frazier (R), RF
Gio Urshela (R), 3B
Cameron Maybin (R), LF
Brett Gardner (L), CF
Masahiro Tanaka will look to rebound from a mediocre performance against the San Diego Padres, where he squandered four earned runs in six innings. That dropped his record to 3-4 after he posted a terrific 2.80 ERA last month. Tanaka also boasts a 3.20 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 70.1 innings of action over the entire 2019 season. In his 17 career starts against Toronto, he has a 11-4 record and a sharp 2.69 ERA.
Aaron Hicks return has given the Yankees lineup a boost, as he’s consistently produced driving in 10 runs in his last 11 games. Hicks also hit .256 with seven RBI’s in 43 at-bats against the Toronto last season. The Yankees injured list seems more impressive than their actual lineup, as Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Troy Tulowitzki and Miguel Andjuar haven’t played large portions of the season. That hasn’t stopped Yankee hitters from producing, as their average of 5.34 runs ranks fifth in the MLB on the season, while their pitching staff ranks fifth with a 3.74 team ERA. Offensively, the Yankees are much worse against lefties than they are against right-handers, posting a team OPS of .688 to rank 24th.
Blue Jays vs Yankees Betting Odds
The line is currently set at Blue Jays +170 Yankees -190 and the over under set at 9 runs. The Yankees are 19-7 in their last 26 Tuesday games and 5-0 in their last five after an off day. New York is also 50-19 in their last 69 after a loss and 36-16 in their last 52 overall. Meanwhile, Toronto is 6-21 in their last 27 overall games and 1-4 in their last five home games. Toronto is 0-5 in their last five AL East games and 0-5 in their last five games after a loss. On the season, the Yankees sport a 17-8 road record while the Blue Jays are 10-18 at home.
These clubs haven’t met yet this season, as the Yankees took the 2018 head-to-head series 13-6 with ten of the 19 games playing to the under. Toronto is 10-18 against both the moneyline and the run line at home this season, and have played to the over in just 12 of 28 games at Rogers Centre. New York is 17-8 as a road team and 14-11 against the spread. It’s played to the over in 19 of 25 games as the visitor.
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