The Toronto Blue Jays aim to secure a three-game MLB betting series after winning the opening game against the New York Yankees. The Blue Jays and the Yankees have three series remaining versus one another – including this one – before the season ends. The Yankees hopes to use these road games to bid for the top of the American League East while at the same time attempting to nab one of the two Wild Card berths.
- Date: Wednesday, 9th August
- Time: 7:05 PM
- Venue: Rogers Centre, Toronto
New York Yankees (59-52)
Masahiro Tanaka (RHP, 8-10, 4.93 ERA, 139 K) allowed the Tigers two runs – one earned – on six hits and struck out seven in six innings in his last start, a loss on August 2nd.
In his last start before that he had a career-best 14 strikeouts. Tanaka had 23 swinging strikes in his latest appearance, tied for the second-most of his career. His 19.1% swinging-strike rate in his last 10 starts is the highest among all pitchers who have at least 500 total pitches in that period. The Japanese starter is 2-0 against the Blue Jays this season, surrendering five runs in 13 1/3 innings. He’ll be pitching after six days of rest.
The Bombers have hit homers in 16 of the last 18 games. The Yanks hit 159 home runs overall this season – or 1.45 per game. The Yankees have finished with a higher average in only four occasions; 2012 (1.51), 2009 (1.51), 2004 (1.49) and 1961 (1.47).
The Yankees have lost and failed to cover in five of their last seven games. The MLB betting total has gone under in five of those seven games, under in 11 of their last 15 on the road, and under in two thirds of their last six meetings with the Blue Jays.
Toronto Blue Jays (53-59)
Nick ‘Vlad’ Tepesch (RHP, 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 2 K) will debut for Toronto in place of the injured Cesar Valdez. The Blue Jays acquired Tepesch from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations on July 24th. He gave up four earned runs in 12 innings at Triple A Buffalo.
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) July 23, 2017
Right fielder Jose Bautista leads Toronto in career home runs and RBIs versus the Yankees. The Dominican’s 34 homers against New York are the second-most among active players, behind the Ray’s Evan Longoria. Bautista’s 31 home runs versus the Yankees since 2010 is four more than any other ballplayer.
The Blue Jays have won four of their last six games, six of their last eight at home, four of their last five encounters with the Yankees, and 11 of their last 14 times hosting New York. Additionally, Toronto has covered in five of their last six games, eight of their last 17 at home, and two of their last five home games vs. the Yankees. The MLB betting total has gone over in two thirds of the Jays’ last nine contests, and under in 17 of their last 22 at Rogers Centre against the Yanks.