Blue Jays vs Yankees Odds: New York Flexing Muscles

AL East Rivals Poised for Third Series of Season

Yankees on Power Trip

A two-game series is set to be on Tuesday featuring the two of the top contenders in the AL East.

The Yankees have relied on its power hitting to rise to the top of the American League standings with 20 home runs in a span of 11 games. However, the Yankees rode the dazzling pitching effort from Nestor Cortes to top Texas 1-0 on Monday to improve to 13-2 over its last 15 games. That run of success is tilting the Blue Jays vs Yankees odds toward the Bronx Bombers.

Cortes took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and Aaron Judge scored the only run in Monday’s win. The Yankees are only hitting .245 during that span but have the best slugging percentage in the AL during that span. The Blue Jays have more extra-base hits during that stretch to compensate for a .221 team batting average.

Game Information

Blue Jays vs Yankees Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Tuesday: Yusei Kikuchi (Blue Jays) vs Luis Severino (Yankees)
  • Wednesday: Jose Berrios (Blue Jays) vs Jameson Taillon (Yankees)

Blue Jays Keep Fans in Seats

When Toronto’s first two games of the season were decided by two and one runs, it was a sign of things to come.

Toronto has an 11-6 record in games decided by two runs or less compared to a 6-7 mark in the other contests. It doesn’t hurt that the Blue Jays have one of the top closers in baseball in Jordan Romano.

Part of the need for the bullpen to come through is that Toronto is last in the majors with a .187 batting average with runners in scoring position. That number could be even scarier if not for slugging first baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr., who is hitting .348 with 13 RBIs in 23 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Guerrero is going to need some help in the clutch hitting department for the Blue Jays to remain in contention for a postseason spot. Those issues will impact the Blue Jays vs Yankees odds.

Rotation Delivering for Yankees

Coming off a season when the team ERA for the starting pitchers approached 4.00, it was hard to know what to expect from the New York Yankees starters in 2022.

No team in the American League has a starting pitching staff with a better team ERA than New York’s mark of 2.65. The Yankees also lead the way in the AL with 1.08 walks and hits allowed per nine innings. It hasn’t always turned into victories for the starters as the seven wins by the starting pitchers rank 20th in baseball.

In this era when getting five solid innings from a pitcher is enough, the New York starters are doing their jobs in helping the Yankees rise to the top of the AL East standings. It has helped the Blue Jays vs Yankees odds.

Who’s Hot

  • Josh Donaldson, Yankees IF-DH: Donaldson has hits in each of his last nine games and has raised his batting average from .182 to .220.
  • Vlad Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays 1B: Guerrero has hits in each of his last seven games. He is hitting .318 with three RBIs in those contests.
  • Yusei Kikuchi, Blue Jays P: Kikuchi allowed three hits and one run with seven strikeouts in six innings of work in his last start.
  • Wandy Peralta, Yankees P: Peralta hasn’t allowed a run in his last five appearances, giving up four hits and striking out two in six innings of work.

Who’s Not

  • Jose Berrios, Blue Jays P: Berrios gave up eight hits and six runs in 4.2 innings in his last start.
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays OF: Gurriel is 0-for-13 with five strikeouts in his last four games as his batting average dropped from .274 to .241.
  • Isiah Kiner-Felefa, Yankees IF: Kiner-Falefa is 0-for-9 in his last three games.
  • Michael King, Yankees P: King allowed two hits and two runs in 1.1 innings in his last outing to suffer his first loss of the season.

Injury Update

Toronto infielder Cavan Biggio is on the COVID-19 list, catcher Danny Jansen (oblique strain) is on the 10-day injured list. Biggio, Jansen and starting pitchers Nate Pearson (non-COVID illness) and Hyun Jin Ryu (forearm) should be eligible to return to action in the coming days. Reliever Tayler Saucedo (hip) is out indefinitely.

Biggio is one of the talented young stars for Toronto and that impacts the MLB betting trends for this series.

For the Yankees, outfielder Tim Locastro (back) is out as is pitcher Domingo German (shoulder).

Blue Jays vs Yankees Betting Tips

The Toronto Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak to the New York Yankees with a 2-1 win on May 4. It was just the second one-run game between the teams in the last eight meetings. That is something to consider when betting on the New York Yankees.

Toronto has won six of its last eight games at Yankee Stadium, outscoring New York 34-19 in those games. The Blue Jays might have caught a break in missing Cortes, who flirted with a no-hitter on Monday.

The two probable Toronto starting pitchers have given up 55 hits and nine home runs in 49.1 innings while the pitchers expected to start for the Yankees have allowed 51 hits, including six homers in 49.1 innings pitched.

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