There’s a good chance nobody catches the New York Yankees in the MLB American League East and their 10-game lead as the midpoint of the season approaches. If the Toronto Blue Jays are going to entertain any notions of such a thing, they will need to take care of business this weekend when the Bombers go north for what should be a fantastic, Yankees vs Blue Jays Series.
Opening Game Information
- Matchup: Yankees (47-16) at Blue Jays (37-26)
- Location: Rogers Centre
- Day/Time: Friday, 7:07 p.m. ET
- Television: YES, RSN1
Yankees vs Blue Jays Probable Starting Pitchers
- Friday: Jordan Montgomery (Yankees) vs Ross Stripling (Blue Jays)
- Saturday: Jameson Taillon (Yankees) vs Alek Manoah (Blue Jays)
- Sunday: Gerrit Cole (Yankees) vs Yusei Kikuchi (Blue Jays)
Yankees Carry Seven-Game Streak to Toronto
If there’s a word better than momentum, that’s what we should use to describe what the New York Yankees have entered this series. Anthony Rizzo’s ninth-inning homer lifted them to a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, giving the club seven consecutive victories and 14 victories in their last 15 games.
The Bronx Bombers are an absurd 40-10 since April 21 and are on pace for 121 wins. New York Yankee’s betting odds schemes begin and end with the notion that, well, they’re probably going to win that day.
“It’s impressive,” Rizzo said Thursday. “We’re winning games in a lot of different ways, which is really good.”
It’s true. After beating the Chicago Cubs by an 18-4 score to cap a sweep Sunday, New York took three straight from Tampa Bay by a combined score of 8-4. The constant throughout it all is a pitching staff that leads the majors in ERA (2.78, the franchise’s best mark since 1917), WHIP (1.05), shutouts (10), and strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.82).
That’s the kind of dominance that allows a team to sweep a quality squad like the Rays while compiling just 12 total hits in three games.
Of course, the Yankees’ offense is no slouch, either, and it has managed 11 home runs and 16 doubles in nine games – six wins – against the Blue Jays this year. That’s something to consider when analyzing the Yankees vs Blue Jays series odds.
Blue Jays Seeking Better Results on the Mound
Toronto’s offense has perked up after an early-season slumber. The Jays hit .314 while averaging 6.9 runs per game during a recent 14-4 surge. But things aren’t so rosy as it relates to the pitching staff, which recently lost Hyun Jin Ryu for the season and has seen Kevin Gausman gets knocked around a bit lately.
He was chased in the third inning of Thursday’s 10-2 loss to Baltimore, which gave the Orioles 22 runs on 27 hits (six home runs) over their final three games in Toronto.
It didn’t change things for Gausman on Thursday, but it certainly didn’t help that player and third baseman Matt Chapman had to sit out another game due to a troublesome wrist, and that shortstop Bo Bichette was forced into an early exit after fouling a ball off his foot.
Perhaps the hosts will have to mix things up opposite Jordan Montgomery in the series opener Friday. That could impact the Toronto Blue Jays odds.
- Rizzo: 6-for-20 with two homers over his last five games.
- Clay Holmes, Yankees RP: Tied Mariano Rivera’s franchise record with his 28th straight scoreless appearance Wednesday.
- Alejandro Kirk, Blue Jays DH: Hitting .419 over his last 18 games.
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays 1B: 14-for-31 with three homers and eight RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.
- DJ LeMahieu, Yankees 2B: 3-for-20 over his last five games.
- Joey Gallo, Yankees LF: 1-for-13 over his last five games.
- Cavan Biggio, Blue Jays 3B: Followed up a recent hot stretch by going 0-for-7 with five strikeouts in the last two games.
- Jeremy Beasley, Blue Jays RP: Allowed five runs in seven innings after a recent call-up; reportedly being sent back down to Triple-A Buffalo.
- Yankees RHP Luis Severino was placed on the COVID list Thursday when he was supposed to start against the Rays.
- Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) threw off a mound earlier this week and is set to face hitters next.
- Yankees RHP Jonathan Loáisiga (shoulder) also threw this week as he rebuilds his strength.
- Chapman (wrist injured) was out of the lineup for the fourth time in six games Thursday.
- Bichette’s X-rays came back negative and he isn’t expected to miss significant time if any.
Yankees vs Blue Jays Series Odds Betting Tips
The Yankees will be favored in two of the three games this weekend, with the exception being Saturday, when Toronto puts early Cy Young Award favorite Alek Manoah on the mound
New York is making bettors a ton of cash on money line bets, for obvious reasons. The Blue Jays are costing gamblers a bunch on run-line bets, as nearly half of their 37 wins (16) have been of the one-run variety.
Until the Yankees show something, anything, that lends you to believe they won’t win outright, continue to crush those moneylines, as long as they look appetizing when glancing at the Yankees vs Blue Jays series odds.Follow us on Twitter