Blue Jays vs Yankees Series Odds: Toronto looks to Close Gap on First-Place Yankees

Blue Jays Look to Make AL East Race More Interesting

Another AL East Team Takes Aim at Division-Leading Yankees

Nobody is questioning the ability of the New York Yankees to hit home runs and that power resulted in a much-needed win when Josh Donaldson hit a game-winning grand slam as the Yankees rallied for an 8-7 win in 10 innings against Tampa Bay. Seven of the eight runs scored on the three homers hit by the Yankees.

With the victory, New York holds onto its double-digit lead in the American League East standings and is only 2.5 games back of Houston for the best record in the American League.

The Yankees have dropped their last five series and still hold a 10-game lead in the division against both Toronto and Tampa Bay. The Yankees are just 9-17 since the MLB All-Star Game. Fortunately for New York, Toronto has only made up 4.5 games in the standings. The less than stellar play by both teams factors into the Blue Jays vs Yankees series odds.

New York leads the majors with 42 home wins while Toronto is just 26-29 on the road.

When looking at the MLB betting odds, the Yankees are still the second-best odds to win the World Series while the Blue Jays currently have the sixth-best championship odds.

Blue Jays vs Yankees Game Information

  • Matchup: Blue Jays 62-54 (tied for second in the AL East) Yankees 73-45 (first in the AL East)
  • Location: Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Date/Time: (the teams also play
  • Television: Friday’s game is on Apple TV+. The other games will be shown on YES in the New York market.

Blue Jays vs Yankees Probable Pitching Matchups

    • Thursday: Jose Berrios (Blue Jays) Frankie Montas (Yankees)
    • Friday: Kevin Gausman (Blue Jays) Jameson Taillon (Yankees)
    • Saturday: Yusei Kikuchi (Blue Jays) Gerrit Cole (Yankees)
    • Sunday: Alek Manoah (Blue Jays) Nestor Cortes (Yankees)

Springer Back in Lineup for Jays

When the Toronto Blue Jays signed former World Series champion George Springer to join an already talented batting order, there was plenty of excitement north of the border that had nothing to do with Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, and the rest of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.

Unfortunately, Springer has struggled to stay healthy in his two seasons with the Blue Jays. He missed 84 games during the 2021 season and 24 games so far this season. The Blue Jays are 50-42 when Springer is in the lineup and 12-12 without him so his absence is noticeable. His return will have an impact on the Blue Jays vs Yankees series odds.

After missing a week and a half, Springer returned for the series against Baltimore. He was 4 of 9 with three runs, a double, and one RBI in the three games.

Springer is hitting .244 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 12 games against the Yankees this season.

If Springer gets going, that will help the Toronto Blue Jays betting odds.

Judge Continues to Chase Yankee Legends

There are plenty of things that the Yankees have not been doing since play resumed. However, the ability of outfielder Aaron Judge to send the ball out of the park has not subsided.

Since the MLB All-Star break, Judge has led the majors with 13 home runs, 31 RBIs, and a 1.354 OPS. Only Juan Soto has more walks during that stretch than the 24 drawn by Judge.

Since July 28, the Yankees are 6-2 when Judge hits a home run and 2-9 when he doesn’t. That will certainly be included in the Blue Jays vs Yankees series odds.

If he keeps up his current pace, Judge would finish the regular season with 64 home runs and would join Babe Ruth the Roger Maris as the only Yankees to record a season with 60 homers.

The pressure of joining Yankee greats doesn’t appear to be getting to Judge as his 13 home runs over the last 25 games would translate to 82 in 158 games.

Who’s Hot

  • Adam Cimber, Blue Jays P: Cimber hasn’t allowed a run in his last four appearances. He has allowed four hits and struck out two in 3.2 innings in those outings.
  • Scott Effross, Yankees P: Effross hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last four outings. He has allowed two hits and struck out five in four innings during that stretch.
  • Sergio Espinal, Blue Jays IF: Espinal has four multi-hit games over his last six contests. He is batting. He is 10 of 19 during that stretch.
  • Jose Trevino, Yankees C: Trevino is batting .350 in his last five games.

Who’s Not

  • Aaron Hicks, Yankees OF: Hicks is 2 for 21 over his last seven games with no extra-base hits and seven strikeouts.
  • Whit Merrifield, Blue Jays IF: The arrival of Whitfield hasn’t gone as planned as the longtime Kansas City Royal is batting .250 with no extra-base hits in nine games.
  • Alek Manoah, Blue Jays P: Manoah is 1-2 with a 5.32 ERA in his last four starts. He has given up 21 hits and three home runs in 22 innings during that time.
  • Jameson Taillon, Yankees P: Taillon is 1-1 with a 5.30 ERA in three August starts. He has allowed 11 hits and 12 runs over 18.2 innings during that stretch.

Blue Jays vs Yankees Injury Update

For Toronto, injury relievers Tim Mayza (shoulder) and Tayler Saucedo (hip) aren’t expected back until later this month.

The timeline is the same for Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles), reliever Clay Holmes (back), and outfielder Harrison Bader (foot).

Blue Jays vs Yankees Betting Preview

The Yankees have won seven of the last nine games against Toronto although the Blue Jays won the most recent matchup 10-9 on June 19 in a game featuring nine home runs. Four of the last six games between the division rivals have been decided by two runs or less.

Toronto has won six of the last 10 games at Yankee Stadium.

The total has gone under in four of Toronto’s last six games as well as in five of the Yankee’s last six contests.

Keep an eye on New York infielder player Gleyber Torres, who is hitting .341 with nine runs, five doubles, and four home runs against Toronto this season.

Toronto is hitting just .211 against New York in 2022. Bo Bichette leads the way with 14 hits and six doubles.
The series price lists the Yankees at -170 and the Blue Jays at +140.

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