Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees - 9/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (79-72) at Toronto Blue Jays (83-69)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
B Mitchell (1-1) (3.75) vs. F Liriano (7-13) (5.02)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays TBA / New York Yankees TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, RSN, YES
Headed our way in MLB action on Friday from Rogers Centre, the New York Yankees will visit the Toronto Blue Jays to open up their series.
The Yankees are fresh off a mid-week set against the Rays. New York took the first two games of that series, and on Thursday, the Yankees dropped the finale 2-0.
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As for the Blue Jays, they played the Mariners this week. Toronto won the first two games but lost Wednesday’s matchup.
Taking the mound for the Yankees on Friday will be RHP Bryan Mitchell. Over his three starts and 1-1 record, Mitchell holds a 6.00 ERA with a 1.75 WHIP in 12 innings. Mitchell put up a no-decision against Boston his last time out, logging 4.2 innings with five hits and three earned.
By now everyone’s familiar with the Yankees’ big hitters. Starlin Castro (who is currently nursing a hamstring injury) owns 153 hits with 62 runs, 21 homers and 69 RBI. Didi Gregorius has hit 148 times with 65 runs and 67 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury sits on 136 hits with 67 runs and 52 RBI.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll be seeing lefty Francisco Liriano take the mound Friday. In his 29 games (27 starts) and 7-13 record, Liriano owns a 5.08 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP in 150.2 innings. In a loss against the Angels his last time out, Liriano gave up two earned on six hits in six innings.
Toronto has a pretty enviable crew of hitters. Josh Donaldson has 154 hits with 116 runs, 35 homers and 94 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has hit 151 times with 95 runs, 42 homers and 123 RBI. Kevin Pillar sits on 137 hits with 55 runs and 49 RBI.
The Yankees are 5-2 in their last seven Friday games, and 1-4 in their last five games against a left-handed starter. New York is also 2-6 in their last eight games against the American League East, and 2-6 in their last eight games on astroturf.
As for the Blue Jays, they’re 44-18 in their last 62 home games versus a team with a losing road record, and 2-7 in their last nine against the American League East. Toronto is also 1-4 in their last five games following an off day, and the under if 5-1 in the Blue Jays’ last six overall.
The Yankees have been proving me wrong when I pick against them lately, but I’m going back to the well again with Liriano on the mound. I’ll take the Blue Jays.