Showdown Atop AL East
It will be strength against strength in the American League East when Toronto hosts New York on Monday. The host team starts off as favorites in the Yankees vs Blue Jays series odds.
The visiting New York Yankees have 14 home runs in the last six games and their OPS of .903 over the last seven games is tops in the majors. It will be a challenge for a Toronto starting rotation that will be throwing two pitchers in a groove when Ross Stripling starts on Monday and Alek Manoah goes on Tuesday.
Toronto is second in the American League with 19 home runs in home games while the Yankees have a .226 team batting average on the road.
If it comes down to the final few at-bats, Toronto could have the edge. The Blue Jays are 9-2 in one-run games while the Yankees have split four games determined by one run.
The Blue Jays are tied for the second-best odds to win the World Series while the New York Yankees odds to win the World Series have moved up to fifth.
Team records: New York Yankees 16-6 (first in AL East), Toronto Blue Jays 15-8 (second in AL East)
Date: Monday, 7:07 p.m. ET (teams also play on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:07 p.m.)
Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto
Yankees vs Blue Jays Probable Starting Pitchers
Monday: Jordan Montgomery (Yankees) vs Ross Stripling (Blue Jays)
Tuesday: Jameson Taillon (Yankees) vs Alek Manoah (Blue Jays)
Wednesday: Nestor Cortes (Yankees) vs Yusei Kikuchi (Blue Jays)
First-Place Yankees on Tear
Since the New York Yankees finished off a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays, it would be an understatement to suggest that the degree of the difficulty in the schedule went down significantly. The Yankees have feasted on Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland and Kansas City, winning nine straight and 12 of 14 games, New York now has the best record in baseball, which could impact the Yankees vs Blue Jays series odds.
The Yankees are second in the American League with 106 runs scored
Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo have led the way during the recent run by the Yankees. Judge has five home runs and has knocked in 11 runs over the last five contests while Rizzo has five homers and 11 RBIs over the last six games.
In the four games against Toronto earlier this season, Judge and Rizzo were a combined 7 of 29 (.241 average) with three runs, two RBIs and eight strikeouts. With the way they are swinging the bats, that could impact Yankees vs Blue Jays betting trends.
Toronto Pitching Coming Around
While Wednesday’s probable starter Yusei Kikuchi is still struggling, the rest of the rotation has no such issues.
Kevin Gausman, Jose Berrios, Manoah and Ross Stripling are 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 37.2 innings pitched over the past week. With Stripling and Manoah getting the ball in the first two games, that will impact the Yankees vs Blue Jays series odds.
Relievers Adam Cimber, Ryan Borucki, Tayler Saucedo, Bowden Francis and Tim Mayda have combined for 7.1 scoreless innings in the last seven games while closer Jordan Romano is 1-0 with three saves and a 0.00 ERA in four outings during that span. Unfortunately for Toronto, Borucki is currently sidelined.
Aaron Judge, Yankees OF: Judge is 10-for-26 with nine runs, five home runs and 11 RBIs in his last six games.
Michael King, Yankees P: King has allowed two hits and no runs with 12 strikeouts and just one walk in seven innings in his last three outings.
Tim Mayza, Blue Jays P: Mayza has allowed three hits and no runs over last four appearances. He has three strikeouts and a walk in 4.1 innings in those games.
George Springer, Blue Jays OF: Springer is hitting .346 with three home runs over his last seven games.
Kyle Higashioka, Yankees C: Higashioka is 2-for-11 with one extra-base hit in his last four games.
Yusei Kikuchi, Blue Jays P: Kikuchi has allowed seven hits and eight runs in 6.1 innings over his last two games. He has eight strikeouts, two walks and has allowed two homers in those appearances.
Jameson Taillon, Yankees P: Taillon has allowed 14 hits over 9.2 innings of work over his last two starts.
Bradley Zimmer, Blue Jays OF: Zimmer is 0-for-11 with five strikeouts in his last four games.
For the Yankees, Joey Gallo is questionable due to groin tightness that forced him to miss Sunday’s game.
Toronto infielder Cavan Biggio is on the COVID-19 list while oblique strains have sidelined outfielder Teoscar Hernandez and catcher Danny Jansen. A finger injury has sidelined reliever Borucki while a hip injury has pitcher Tayler Saucedo on the 10-day injured list.
Yankees vs Blue Jays Betting Guide
This has been a bizarre series recently. Six of the last nine meetings between the Yankees and Blue Jays have featured at least nine runs while the other three games ended with a shutout.
Toronto has won seven of the last 11 meetings against the Yankees. The road team has won 11 of the last 14 matchups.
Tuesday’s pitching matchup of Taillon and Manoah is shaping up to be the best of the three games. Manoah is tied for the fourth-best odds to win the AL Cy Young AwardFollow us on Twitter