Yankees Rolling Can They be Stopped?
Expectations were somewhat subdued when it came to the 2022 New York Yankees but here they are with the best record in the American League as we approach mid-May.
The Yankees are 12-4 at home and the 25 home runs in 16 home dates have just a little to do with the team’s success. Toronto is 9-5 in one-run games this season although one of the losses came against the Yankees. The Yankees are 5-3 in one-run affairs including a 1-0 win over Texas on Monday. Nestor Cortes took a no-hitter into the eighth inning while Anthony Rizzo’s RBI double accounted for the only run.
The Rizz for the lead 👏 pic.twitter.com/oeTXsDITUK
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 9, 2022
The Yankees have won 13 of their last 15 games to move atop the American League standings.
The Blue Jays (+650) and Yankees (+750) trail only the Los Angeles Dodgers in the odds to win the World Series.
Blue Jays Need Clutch Hitting
Coming into the season, everything seemed to be in place for the Toronto Blue Jays to make a run at their first division title since 2015, however, the Blue Jays are in third place in the American League East and four games behind the Yankees heading into this two-game set.
At their current pace, Toronto would win 92 games and that is not going to be enough to emerge as division champions.
One major issue has been the lack of clutch hits throughout the lineup. Toronto is last in Major League Baseball with a .187 batting average with runners in scoring position. Looking at the seven players with at least 20 at-bats through the first 30 games of the season, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and George Springer are hitting .348 and .280 with runners in scoring position. The other five players are hitting a combined .148 in that situation.
The MLB betting lines total has gone over in four of Toronto’s last six games.
Yankees Relying on Starting Pitching
The home-field advantage is something special for the New York Yankees pitching staff.
The New York Yankees have allowed an average of 0.99 hits and walks per inning in 16 home games which is the best mark in the majors.
Led by the pitching staff’s comfort level at home, New York has outscored its opponents 75-47 at Yankee Stadium. Relievers Miguel Castro and Aroldis Chapman have allowed three hits and no runs in 10.1 innings of work at home.
Jameson Taillon and Luis Severino, who are expected to get the starts against the Blue Jays, have 31 strikeouts and just five walks in six combined home starts. They are 3-1 at home even if they have allowed nearly one hit per inning. Between the two of them, they are 2-1 with a 1.69 earned run average against the Blue Jays this season.
Five of the Yankees’ last six games went under the Las Vegas odds total.
Blue Jays vs Yankees Head-to-Head
Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak to the Yankees with a 2-1 win on May 4. The Yankees won the previous three games by a combined total of 15-3.
The teams split a four-game series in New York in April. Counting that series, the Blue Jays have won six of their last eight games at Yankee Stadium.
Something to consider for those who bet online, five of the last seven meetings featured five combined runs or less with six of the last eight games in the series going under the total.
Toronto is 10-4 at Yankee Stadium since New York won five straight home games against Toronto in 2019 and 2020.
Blue Jays vs Yankees Game Information
- Game: Blue Jays (17-13, third in the AL East) vs Yankees (20-8, first in the AL East)
- Location: Yankee Stadium
- Day/Time: Tuesday, May 10th. 7:05 p.m. ET (teams also play on Wednesday at 12:35 p.m.)
- Blue Jays vs Yankees Live Stream: MLB.tv
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The pitching matchups of Yusei Kikuchi vs Luis Severino on Tuesday as well as Jose Berrios vs. Jameson Tallion on Wednesday could result in some early offensive fireworks. Kikuchi and Berrios have given up 15 runs in the first three innings while Severino and Taillon have allowed 12 runs in the second and third innings this season. One of Taillon’s best starts of the season came the last time he faced Toronto.
Toronto’s Vlad Guerrero is hitting .296 with three homers in seven games against the Yankees this season while Aaron Judge and Gleybar Torres each have two homers versus the Blue Jays in 2022. Six of Judge’s 18 hits against Toronto in 2021 were home runs. Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero combined for 13 homers in nine games against the Yankees last season. Infielder Cavan Biggio is on the COVID-19 list and won’t be available for the Blue Jays.
Pick: Yankees -156
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