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New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick - 8/22/13

Toronto Blue Jays (57-70) at New York Yankees (67-59)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

JA Happ (L) (3-2) (4.926) vs. Andy Pettitte (L) (8-9) (4.386)

The Line: New York Yankees -157 / Toronto Blue Jays +145 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds


The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees conclude their week day series in the Big Apple.

I have said that the Blue Jays only achievable goals are to play the spoiler and possibly reach .500. They didn't take a step towards accomplishing either goal after a 4-2 defeat to the Yankees on Wednesday. At 13 games below the break even point and with losses in eight of eleven, I don't know if this team can turn things around. On Wednesday it was a case of not scoring that combined with a so, so effort from RA Dickey who allowed all four runs on six hits and two free passes with nine K's in an eight inning complete game. The bats totaled six hits and walked six times with Josh Thole going deep, while Munenori Kawasaki singled in another. Toronto gives Thursday's start to left hander JA Happ who has either been good or bad over his last ten outings. In this stretch, Happ has gone 2-2 with six no decisions with three quality starts.

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New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick - 8/22/13

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While Toronto has been fading, the Bronx Bombers are heading in the opposite direction. Following Wednesday's victory the Yankees have won nine of eleven with the offense really hitting and scoring which hasn't been a strength for the majority of 2013. The bats came through with a few clutch hits Wednesday but it was the work on the mound that was the most impressive. Adam Warren started but didn't last long with with both runs plated on four hits and a pair of bases on balls through three frames before David Huff came on to toss five scoreless inings to get the win. The bats posted six hits and walked twice with Alfonso Soriano cracking an 8th inning two run bomb. 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 enthusiastic about backing Pettitte but in reality I'm backing a red hot team that is scoring runs and if the Yankees can keep plating runs then Pettitte won't have to be perfect...

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