Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees - 4/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (4-3) at Toronto Blue Jays (4-5)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
N Eovaldi (0-0) (9.00) vs. M Stroman (1-0) (5.40)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -144 / New York Yankees +134 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLBN, RSN1, YES
Coming up Thursday evening in MLB action, we’ve got a nice matchup coming between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
This will be game three of the series between these two American League East teams. In game one on Tuesday, the Yankees took a slim victory by a margin of 3-2. On Wednesday in game two, the Blue Jays scored four times in the bottom of the eighth on the way to a 7-2 victory.
Coming out on the mound for the Yankees on Thursday in the finale will be right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. In his first appearance this season back on Thursday against the Astros, Eovaldi stuck out seven batters but gave up five runs in five innings of work. Eovaldi has some great talent, but hasn’t been able to make that translate into the stat columns in his career.
Backing up Eovaldi at the plate, the Yankees have a very talented--if aging--lineup. Starlin Castro has been a great acquisition in 2016, posting nine hits with nine RBI. Brian McCann has also come out firing, with 10 runs and nine hits to his credit. McCann is currently day-to-day with a big toe injury. Mark Teixeira has had his moments, with eight RBI and five runs. Teixeira hit his third homer of the year on Wednesday.
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As for the Blue Jays, they’ll be rolling out right-hander Marcus Stroman for Thursday’s matchup. Stroman had a great outing in his opener, pitching into the ninth inning. In his most recent appearance back on Friday against the Red Sox, Stroman put up five runs over 5.1 innings. That said, Stroman has a lot of talent and should do some great things this season.
The Blue Jays’ hitters are a formidable bunch, with the capability of rattling off runs in bushels. Josh Donaldson has begun on quite a tear, with 11 hits, 10 runs, four homers and nine RBI. Jose Bautista has played pretty well also, with nine hits, six runs and seven RBI in 2016.
Now let’s get into the current trends for this matchup. The Yankees are 9-0 in Eovaldi’s last nine starts during game three of a series, and 5-1 in Eovaldi’s last six starts against a team with a losing record.
As for Toronto, they’re 4-0 in Stroman’s last four starts during game three of a series, and 6-1 in Stroman’s last seven starts against the American League East.
All things considered, the AL East is going to be stellar this year from top to bottom. It’ll be tough to pitch in that division, but I do like Stroman to come out on top here and get the win for the Blue Jays.