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Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees - 6/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees (24-26) at Toronto Blue Jays (27-26)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Masahiro Tanaka (3-0) (2.89) vs. A Sanchez (4-1) (3.29)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -113 / New York Yankees +103 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


Over at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays will be wrapping up their early-week series.

In Monday’s game one, the Blue Jays doubled up the Yankees 4-2. On Tuesday, Toronto scored three times in the seventh inning on the way to a 4-1 win.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees - 6/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Wednesday’s finale, the Yankees will be starting right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. In his 10 games and 3-0 record this season, Tanaka has a 2.89 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP in 65.1 innings. In his most recent appearance Friday, Tanaka logged just two hits in seven shutout innings against the Rays.

The veteran Yankees lineup has had their moments this season. Carlos Beltran leads the charge with 48 hits, a team-high 12 homers and 31 RBI. Starlin Castro has flailed a bit lately but still has 47 hits with 21 RBI. Castro went 0-for-4 on Tuesday. Jacoby Ellsbury has played pretty well on 44 hits with 19 runs and 15 RBI. Ellsbury came up empty Tuesday as well.

Right-hander Aaron Sanchez will be taking the hill for the Blue Jays on Wednesday. In his 10 starts and 4-1 record this season, Sanchez has posted a 3.29 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP in 65.2 innings of work. In a no-decision against the Red Sox Friday, Sancez managed four runs (three earned) on five hits in 6.2 innings.

The formidable Blue Jays lineup is stocked with potential. Josh Donaldson is out front on 52 hits with 29 RBI and a team-high 13 homers with 40 runs. Michael Saunders has 50 hits of his own with 25 runs and 18 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has 40 RBI with 50 hits and 22 runs. Encarnacion snagged a hit and a run on Tuesday.

The Yankees are 4-1 in their last five game threes of a series, and 4-0 in Tanaka’s last four starts.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 1-6 in their last seven game threes of a series and 5-1 in Sanchez’s last six starts.

Given the starting matchup here, Tanaka seems the better play. I’ll take the Yankees to finish this series with a victory.

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