New York and Toronto are in a virtual tie in the AL East, with both coming into the series with 26 wins. The Blue Jays have a slight advantage with 20 losses as opposed to 21 for the Yankees.
Below we’ll dive into the latest news and statistics for these teams as well as how their games against each other have gone to help you weigh the odds and place a winning bet as this series will be getting underway shortly.
Yankees Look to Improve in AL East
The New York Yankees are aiming for a much-desired World Series showing this year. Last year, they were defeated by the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series, narrowly missing making an appearance in the World Series for the first time in a decade. It’s no secret they and their fans are hungry for this historically incredible team to make a strong showing.
Boasting one of the best rosters in baseball, the Yankees have been mostly living up to expectations and are currently neck and neck with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Last weekend, they swept the Baltimore Orioles in a big way, outscoring them 21-3 over four games.
DJ LeMahieu continues to lead his team with a .350 batting average, 6 home runs, and 14 RBIs. They have several players hitting over .250, including Mike Tauchman, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit (who is leading his team with 16 home runs and 37 RBIs), Gio Urshela, and Clint Frazier.
Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton also have good numbers but have played in half as many games as the other guys because of injuries.
The Yankees continue to struggle with injuries this season. Stanton is still hurt with a hamstring. Apparently, he is getting closer to feeling well enough to play.
Judge is also out with a calf injury. Supposedly he’ll start training Monday, but both these key players have missed a lot of games. Once they are back it will be a big help to New York, which is finally back in its groove.
We’ll keep an eye on how their season progresses and if they manage to get their full roster back on track on our MLB News page. Their odds for winning the pennant are looking great this season despite their challenges with injuries.
Blue Jays Out to Extend Lead
The Toronto Blue Jays are coming off of a wild series against the New York Mets. They were absolutely pummeled and lost the first game 18-1 Friday. After that, they got things under control and won the following two games.
Of note are the efforts of SP Hyun Jin Ryu who won his fourth start in a row. He hasn’t lost a game since his second start of the season, proving his worth as a skilled left-handed pitcher.
Overall the Blue Jays are having a great season, representing the city of Toronto well. They are currently in 2nd place in the AL East, trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by four games. They’ve got their work cut out for them if they want to win their division, but are looking good for a run to the playoffs.
Blue Jays Injuries
As far as injuries go, they are missing LF Teoscar Hernandez, who is out with an oblique injury, although he was seen taking some warmup swings prior to Sunday’s game against the Mets. Hopefully, he’ll be back to face the Yankees.
Hernandez is a key player, leading his team with a .308 batting average. He’s hit 14 home runs and has 27 RBIs. Toronto, on the whole, has been doing well on offense and has gotten production from several players, including Lourdes Gurriel Jr, Rowdy Tellez, Randal Grichuck, and Cavan Biggio.
Let’s take a look below and discuss how the Blue Jays fared against the Yankees during their first series of the year.
Yankees vs Blue Jays Head-to-Head
The Yankees and the Blue Jays met in their first series a week ago. It was a three-game series that Toronto ended up winning, 2-1.
During their first game, the Blue Jays defeated the Yankees 12-7.
The following day Toronto won its second in a row, but it was a much closer game and the Jays won 2-1.
The lYankees got their revenge in the final game of the series, 7-2. .
These teams are evenly matched. They almost scored the same exact runs during their first series and have the same exact number of regular-season wins. A dominant appearance by either team would help solidify a higher place in the standings.
With the end of the regular season already in sight in this bizarre year, every game counts, and there aren’t too many chances left.
The World Series is slated to begin Oct. 23r and you can bet both teams are hungry for a shot.