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New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick - 8/21/13

Toronto Blue Jays (57-69) at New York Yankees (66-59)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

R.A. Dickey (R) (9-11) (4.491) vs. Andy Pettitte (L) (8-9) (4.386)

The Line: New York Yankees -124 / Toronto Blue Jays +114 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees continue their series in the Big Apple on Wednesday.

It appears the Blue Jays options are limited right now with their one goal being reaching .500 on the season. That goal took a double hit Tuesday with the Jays dropping both games of a doubleheader. An 8-4 loss in game one despite a 4-0 lead and a 3-2 defeat in the night cap featured blown leads in both which has been all to familiar to Toronto in 2013. Toronto can score runs in bunches but haven't often enough and the few arms they signed in the off season have either struggled or not gotten enough support to work with and we saw an example of both Tuesday. Toronto gives the ball to knuckleballer RA Dickey for Wednesday's start versus the Yankees. Dickey did not receive a decision last time out in a 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay in which he allowed four runs on six hits and two BB in six frames.

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New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick - 8/21/13

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New York has seen their fair share of highs and lows in 2013, which means winning streaks and losing streaks. Every team goes through both the good and bad times and if the Bronx Bombers manage to reach the postseason, this will be a year for the record books in my view. The Yankees have survived plenty of adversity with injuries and age supposedly being too much to over come. The Yanks came from behind twice to sweep a twin bill from the Blue Jays which has them looking at wins in nine of 12 which has probably caught the attention of the rest of the American League East. Veteran left hander Andy Pettitte will be on the bump to face the Blue Jays looking for consecutive victories. Pettitte knocked off Boston 10-3 with three unearned runs given up in 6.2 innings pitched.

I'm not real confident in Pettitte who will retire at year's end, while Dickey and his knuckleball haven't been effective as often as he would like. I hope it's not working Wednesday with me backing the New Yorkers...

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