Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees - 9/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (79-73) at Toronto Blue Jays (83-69)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
C Sabathia (8-12) (4.19) vs. M Stroman (9-9) (4.50)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -200 / New York Yankees +185 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: WPIX, RSN
Up at Rogers Centre in Toronto, the Blue Jays will be welcoming in the New York Yankees in Saturday MLB action.
In Friday’s opener, the Blue Jays destroyed New York 9-0.
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Taking the hill for the Yankees on Saturday will be lefty CC Sabathia. In his 28 starts and 8-12 record this year, Sabathia has posted a 4.19 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP in 165.1 innings. In a no-decision against Boston his last time, out Sabathia put up five innings with eight hits and four earned.
It’s not hard to find the notable hitters in the Yankees lineup. Starlin Castro holds 153 hits with 62 runs, 21 homers and 69 RBI. Didi Gregorius has bagged 148 hits with 65 runs and 67 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury has 137 hits with 67 runs and 52 RBI.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Marcus Stroman on Saturday. In his 30 starts and 9-9 record this year, Stroman holds a 4.50 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP in 190 innings. Against the Angels his last time out, Stroman put up a loss with seven hits, six innings and two earned.
The Blue Jays have a nice set of hitters to their credit. Josh Donaldson holds 155 hits with 118 runs, 36 homers and 96 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has 152 hits with 97 runs, 42 homers and 124 RBI. Kevin Pillar holds 139 hits with 56 runs and 49 RBI.
The Yankees are 8-2 in their last 10 game twos of a series, and 9-4 in Sabathia’s last 13 starts with five days’ rest. New York is also 4-9 in Sabathia’s last 13 starts on astroturf, and 1-4 in Sabathia’s last five Saturday starts.
As for the Blue Jays, they’re 4-1 in their last five home games versus a left-handed starter, and 6-1 in Stroman’s last seven Saturday starts. Toronto is also 4-1 in Stroman’s last five home starts, and 1-4 in Stromans last five starts with five days’ rest.
Sabathia is normally kind of hit-or-miss this year, but I think he can hold things down here enough for the Yankees to get a win (provided we get some offense). I’ll take New York.