Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees Free Pick Game Two - 8/20/13
Toronto Blue Jays (56-66) at New York Yankees (63-58)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Mark Buehrle (L) (9-7) (4.290) vs. Philip Hughes (R) (4-12) (4.968)
The Line: New York Yankees / Toronto Blue Jays --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, YES
The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees take the field in the night cap of their doubleheader.
Toronto opened their wallet in the off season and brought in several big name players but that hasn't translated in to on field success. The Blue Jays sit at the bottom of the American League East standings and have been reduced to the role of spoiler. Neither the work on the mound or at the plate has been consistent enough to make a charge in the game's toughest division and right now the organization is probably looking at what moves if any are going to be made to improve this team. The bottom line is whether Toronto has the pitching and hitting in place to challenge in 2014? Toronto is scheduled to start veteran left hander Mark Buehrle in Tuesday's night cap. Buehrle has been on a bit of a hot streak as a winner in four of five with the Blue Jays going 16-9 in his starts.
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The Yankees have faced their share of adversity in 2013 and that's likely cost them in the win column. Injuries have hurt them over much of the first half of the season and the Alex Rodriguez issues don't need to be publicized any more. Let's not forget that the Bronx Bombers are another year older and many of their stars are past their prime. Despite all the issues, New York is still a factor in the American League East but obviously need a very strong run to end the year while getting a ton of help. I can't write this team off but they don't have an easy road ahead of them and their fate could be decided in the next several weeks. The Yanks will either be spoilers or be deciding on what moves to make for 2014. The Yankees send Phil Hughes to the hill to face Toronto on Tuesday. Over his last ten outings, Hughes is 1-7 with a pair of no decisions while logging three quality starts.
Let me start by saying that I do not like touching games that Phil Hughes starts and generally stay far away. I pick him and he loses and go against him and he wins but with no line out I will have time to dwell on it so please check back.