Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/30/14
New York Yankees (70-63) at Toronto Blue Jays (67-67)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Michael Pineda (R) (3-2) (1.946) vs. Drew Hutchison (R) (8-11) (4.680)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +104 / New York Yankees -114 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
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The Toronto Blue Jays host the New York Yankees in an early game on Saturday in AL East action.
The New York Yankees kept pace in the AL Wild Card race last night with a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays – New York remains three games back of the Tigers and Mariners who are tied for the second spot. Starting pitcher Chris Capuano allowed three runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings, but the Yankee bats were alive with ten hits as Brett Gardner delivered an RBI double out of the seven hole, Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits including a two run homer, and Chase Headley added an insurance run with a solo shot in the ninth.
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Michael Pineda will take the mound for the visitors on Saturday in just his eighth start of the season. Pineda has made three starts since returning to action on August 13th and has been highly effective with an ERA of 2.08 across 17.1 innings. For the season Pineda has a WHIP of just 0.86 and ERA of 1.95 while posting a record of 3-2. In his lone start against Toronto this year, Pineda pitched six innings while allowing one run on five hits back on April 5th.
The Toronto Blue Jays are a sinking ship as last night’s loss dropped them back down to the .500 mark. The Blue Jays were starting to look like a contender in the middle of the season, but their 7-17 record in the month of August has sealed their fate of once again not living up to potential. In last night’s loss, starter Mark Buehrle took the loss allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings as he failed to match his mound opponent. The offense managed nine hits on the night but couldn’t do enough to convert as Jose Bautista hit his 27th home run on a solo shot, Dioner Navarro had three hits, Colby Rasmus had two hits, and Kevin Pillar had two hits and an RBI.
The Blue Jays may need to score a few more runs as Drew Hutchison takes the mound in what has been a volatile season. For the season Hutchison has a WHIP of 1.31 and ERA of 4.68 with a record of 8-11. The righty Hutchison has struggled at the Rogers Centre with an ERA of 5.88 across ten home starts; he has also struggled against the Yankees with an ERA of 7.08 across four starts and 20.1 innings of work.
The Blue Jays are a train wreck in August which makes the Yankees look cheap even as a road favorite here.