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Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees Free Pick - 9/17/13

New York Yankees (79-71) at Toronto Blue Jays (68-81)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Andy Pettitte (L) (10-9) (4.039) vs. R.A. Dickey (R) (12-12) (4.359)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -118 / New York Yankees +108 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


The New York Yankees head to the Rogers Centre to open a series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

I fear the Yankees postseason hopes might be teetering on disaster after Sunday's 9-2 loss to the Red Sox. At the very least their American League East title hopes will have to wait until next season with Boston sweeping the Bronx Bombers in their weekend set with neither the bats or arms standing out. Ivan Nova was handed a 1-0 lead in the first but allowed three in the bottom half of the inning and four overall over four frames. The bull pen gave provided no relief and the offense provided little support on five hits and five walks with a ground out and an RBI single from Ichiro Suzuki accounting for the scoring. Veteran left hander Andy Pettitte is charged with keeping New York's postseason hopes afloat in Tuesday's series opener at the Rogers Centre. Pettitte has been the Yankees best option over the past ten outings with eight quality starts.

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Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees Free Pick - 9/17/13

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The Blue Jays are headed for the American League East basement so the postseason is not even a question. However, Toronto does close the regular season against several playoff hopefuls and could take a few of them out. Having said that the team needs both the work on the mound and at the plate on the same page which hasn't been the case in dropping five of six. The Jays fell to the Orioles 3-1 Sunday as their offense stalled and left Mark Buehrle the loser with all three runs allowed (two earned) through five innings pitched. The bats were respectable withten hits and a pair of bases on balls but manged just a solo homer off the bat of Adam Lind. Toronto sends knuckleballer RA Dickey to the bump to foil the Yankees playoff drive. Dickey has been more consistent as of late but can be all or nothing with a 4-1 record over his last ten starts.

The Yankees are in do or die mode and it could be the latter if Dickey has his knuckle ball working. I am taking the visitors here with more to play for at better odds...

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