Yankees vs. Blue Jays - 4/6/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (0-0) at New York Yankees (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 6, 2015 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
D Hutchison (0-0) (0.00) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: New York Yankees -154 / Toronto Blue Jays +144 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays face off on Monday in the Bronx at Yankee Stadium as they open their 2015 MLB seasons.
The New York Yankees have been regulars to the post season but last season there were no playoffs as injuries and an aging roster held them back. As for the bats the Yankees lineup looks to be potent, at least on the surface, it is really just a mater of them delivering. The Yanks spent big money last season bringing in Jacoby Ellsbury and along with Bret Gardner they have a potent pair of table setters in the one and two spots. As we move into the meat of the lineup, Carlos Beltran is simply going to deliver, Mark Teixeira will need to stay healthy, and Brian McCann will need to simply hit. Alex Rodriguez returns at the DH spot and Chase Headley was a pleasant surprise. Ichiro Suzuki was more of a luxury item for the Yankees and he is now gone but the bigger loss is in the bullpen where David Robertson left for the White Sox and they will try and replace him with Andrew Miller; good luck with that. Mashiro Tanaka looked to be all he was billed to be but his season was cut short and hen it was Tommy John surgery but he looked good in the spring and he gets he start here. Last season Tanaka was 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA striking out 141 over 136.1 innings.
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Last year the Blue Jays roster looked like a team that was ready to contend foe the AL East but they fell way short of those expectations. This season the Jays roster still has plenty of pop but they don’t quite have that contender look but maybe that is a good thing and maybe they will sneak up on us? Jose Reyes is back and that is a a good thing and going into the meat of the Jays lineup of Edwin Encarnaciaon, Jose Bautista, and Josh Donaldson it looks to be as good as any team in the Majors. Russell Martin takes over behind the plate, Michael Saunders should eventually be the left fielder but he starts the year on the DL. Drew Hutchison gets the opening day start coming off of a season where he was 11-13 with a 4.48 ERA striking out 184 batters in 184.2 innings. Brett Cecil will be the closer.
The Yankees are 5-2 in their last seven games as a home favorite, 7-3 in their last 10 home games, 0-6 following an off day, and 7-2 in Tanaka’s last nine home starts. Toronto is 3-8 against the AL East, 2-7 as an underdog, 1-6 in their last seven road games, and 0-5 in Hutchison’s last five road starts. Toronto is 12-39 in their last 51 games in New York.
While we have two pitchers who strike out a ton of batters, it is a matter of how far they can go and bullpens hat I just don’t love so while most early season picks are really not very strong, my pick here is just a lean to the over. I also have a play on the winner and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.