Toronto Blue Jays Vs. New York Yankees (4/14/22) Starting Lineup, Betting Odds, Prediction

In 2021 the Toronto Blue Jays was 91-71, fourth in the American League East.  Manager Charlie Montoyo entering his fourth season as Blue Jays manager has a record of 190-194.  Through their first five games of 2022, Toronto is 3-2.  The Blue Jays are +850 to win the 2022 World Series.  Since their last championship in 1993, Toronto has made only three playoff appearances (2015, 2016 and 2020).  Last season the Yankees were tied with the Red Sox for second place in the American League East at 92-70; in the wild card round New York lost to Boston.  The Yankees enter the 2022 season at +950 to win their first World Series since 2009.  New York has started off the season with a record of 3-2.

Toronto Blue Jays Vs. New York Yankees Betting Odds

The Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last five Thursday games.  Toronto is 7-2 in their last nine during game four of a series.  Over is 5-1 in Blue Jays last six during game four of a series.  Under is 12-3-1 in Toronto’s last 16 road games vs. a right-handed starter.  The Yankees are 0-5 in their last five during game four of a series.  Under is 13-4-1 in New York’s last 18 during game four of a series.  The Yankees are 89-42 in their last 131 home games vs. a right-handed starter.  Under is 4-1 in New York’s last five home games vs. a right-handed starter.

Toronto Blue Jays Starting Lineup

CF George Springer R
SS Bo Bichette R
1B Vladimir Guerrero R
LF Lourdes Gurriel R
RF Teoscar Hernandez R
3B Matt Chapman R
DH Alenadro Kirk R
2B Cavan Biggio L
C Danny Jansen R

Toronto Blue Jays Vs. Luis Severino (R)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is one of the most dangerous hitters in the big leagues.  He’s capable of simply doing anything he wants at the plate; many experts have chosen him to win the American League MVP award in 2022.  In 2021, the 23-year-old, led the American League in home runs with 48 while hitting .311.  Guerrero Jr. also led the American League in the following categories, runs scored (123), OBP (.401), slugging percentage (.601), OPS (1.002), OPS+ (167) and total bases (363).  In 15 at-bats this season has a home run with four runs batted in and an OPS of .908.  Bo Bichette is another terrific young Blue Jay hitter who led the American League in hits with 191 in 2021.  Additionally, the 2021 All-Star batted .298 with 29 big flies, 102 runs batted, 310 total bases with an OPS of .828.  In 18 at-bats this season, he has four hits: one home run and one RBI.   

Matt Chapman was acquired by Toronto from Oakland during spring training to solidify their defense and add another bat to the lineup.  In 2021, he slammed 27 home runs, drove in 72 runs, accumulated 213 total bases with an OPS of .716.  To start the 2022 season, he has one home run and three runs batted in.  Against, Severino, Chapman has one hit in six at-bats.  Veteran George Springer entering his second year as a Blue Jay, hit .264 with 22 home runs and 50 runs batted in.  The former Houston Astro has seven hits in 18 at-bats this season; two home runs and four runs batted in with an OPS of 1.283.  In 13 at-bats against Severino, Springer has one hit.

Luis Severino has only started four games in the major leagues since 2019.  The Yankees righty did not factor in the decision against Boston on Saturday, 4/9 as he completed three innings, allowed two earned runs on five hits with no walks while striking out five on 65 pitches.

New York Yankees Starting Lineup

3B Josh Donaldson R
RF Aaron Judge R
1B Anthony Rizzo L
DH Giancarlo Stanton R
2B DJ LeMahieu R
LF Joey Gallo L
CF Aaron Hicks S
C Kyle Higashioka R
SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa

New York Yankees Vs. Kevin Gausman (R)

New York has two of the most feared hitters in the American League in their lineup, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.  In the 2021 season, Aaron Judge played in 148 games, belting 39 home runs, driving in 98 runs, slugging .544 with an OPS of .916.  In his first 16 at-bats in 2022, he has four hits with two runs scored.  The Yankees number ninety-nine has eight in 17 at-bats against Kevin Gausman; slamming three home runs, driving in six runs with an OPS of 1.709.  Giancarlo Stanton hit .273, slamming 35 home runs and driving in 97 runs in 2021.  In his 12th year the slugger had a .516 slugging percentage and an OPS of .870 in 139 games.  Stanton has two home runs and four runs batter in with an OPS .941 in 17 at-bats this year.

Left-handed first baseman, Anthony Rizzo who was acquired at last year’s trade deadline, re-signed with the Yankees in the off-season.  In 49 games as a Yankee, the long-time Chicago Cub hit .249 with eight home runs and 21 runs batted in.  In 12 at-bats this season, Rizzo has three hits and two runs batted in.  Against Kevin Gausman, Rizzo has one hit in nine at-bats.  Joey Gallo has three hits in his first 13 at-bats this campaign.  Playing for the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees in 2021, he hit 38 home runs with a .458 slugging percentage and an OPS of .808.  Against Gausman, Gallo has one hit (a home run) in five at-bats.

As a Minnesota Twin last season, Josh Donaldson hit .247 with 26 home runs and 72 runs batted in.  Additionally, the 2015 America League MVP had 217 total bases, .475 slugging percentage and an OPS of .827 in 2021.  Donaldson has nine hits in 28 at-bats against Kevin Gausman, with a home run and five runs batted in. 

Kevin Gausman tossed five innings against Texas on Saturday, 4/9, allowing three runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out five. He did not factor in the decision of the game.  An All-Star in 2021 with the San Francisco Giants was 14-6 with an ERA of 2.81.  Additionally, in 192 innings pitched, he struck out 227 batters and allowed 60 earned runs.

Toronto Blue Jays Vs. New York Yankees Picks & Prediction

The Blue Jays are scoring 4.7 runs per nine innings, 13th in the American League with a team batting average of .254.  Toronto hurlers are allowing 5.52 runs per nine innings, 25th in the American League.  Offensively, the Yankees are averaging 3.26 runs per nine innings, 23rd in the American League with a team batting average of .220.  The New York pitching staff is allowing 2.68 runs per nine innings, fifth in the American League.  I like the Yankees in this game, winning by over 1.5 runs and the clubs scoring over nine runs combined.

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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