New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/18/14
Toronto Blue Jays (77-74) at New York Yankees (77-74)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
R.A. Dickey (R) (13-12) (3.844) vs. Shane Greene (R) (5-3) (3.574)
The Line: New York Yankees -113 / Toronto Blue Jays +103 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, YES
The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees meet up for game one of a four game AL East series between teams that didn’t live up to expectations in 2014.
The Toronto Blue Jays lost 6-1 in Baltimore last night as they were swept by the class of the AL East to effectively kill their postseason chances for good. In Wednesday’s loss, starter J.A. Happ was tagged for five runs on eight hits over six innings to take the loss and the offense managed just five total hits. Jose Reyes had a hit and drove in the team’s only run and Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind each had a hit as the team combined for nine strikeouts in the loss.
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R.A. Dickey makes the start for Toronto on Thursday in what has been an up and down 2014 campaign. Dickey enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.26 and ERA of 3.84 while posting a record of 13-12. The veteran right-handed knuckleballer Dickey has been slightly better in road games with an ERA of 3.72 across 16 starts and was also dominant in his lone start against the Yankees pitching 6.1 innings of shutout ball while allowing five hits all the way back on April 5th.
The New York Yankees picked up a 3-2 win over the Rays on Wednesday night as Brandon McCarthy had a strong outing allowing two runs on four hits over seven innings to pick up his seventh win with New York. The offense mustered just four hits but efficiently converted their chances into three runs as Brett Gardner, Chase Headley and Brendan Ryan all drove in runs and Derek Jeter had a hit and scored a run. Despite the win the Yankees won't be making the postseason without a miracle to close out the season.
Shane Greene will toe the rubber for the Yankees on Thursday as the team looks to generate some positive momentum heading into next season. Greene is having a solid rookie year as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.39 and ERA of 3.56 while posting a 5-3 record across 13 appearances (12 starts). The righty Greene has struggled in the Bronx with an ERA of 4.55 over six starts with opponents batting .299 against him; Greene struggled in his only outing against the Blue Jays this year as well allowing three runs on eight hits over five innings of work on July 27th.
I wouldn’t advise wagering on this one but if you must it’s a slight lean to the plus odds with the Blue Jays as the team with the better offense.