Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees - 8/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (59-51) at Toronto Blue Jays (52-59)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Masahiro Tanaka (8-10) (4.93) vs. C Valdez (1-1) (7.63)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +139 / New York Yankees -149 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
Up at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays will be continuing their MLB series.
In the Tuesday opener, the Blue Jays scored twice in the first and third innings on the way to a 4-2 win.
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For Wednesday’s game, the Yankees will be bringing out RHP Masahiro Tanaka for the start. In his 129.2 innings and 8-10 record this year, Tanaka has a 4.93 ERA with 139 Ks and 28 BBs.
New York has some marquis names on their roster this year. Aaron Judge led the way coming into this set with 113 hits, 85 runs, 35 homers and 78 RBI, while Brett Gardner had 105 hits, 71 runs, 19 homers and 49 RBI. On Tuesday, Judge went 0-for-3 while Gardner went 0-for-5.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they’re going with RHP Cesar Valdez on Wednesday. In his 30.2 innings and 1-1 record this year, Valdez has a 7.63 ERA with 21 Ks and 11 BBs.
Toronto has some notable bats as well. Justin Smoak came into this series with 115 hits, 64 RBI, 31 homers and 76 RBI, while Kevin Pillar had 103 hits, 54 runs, 12 homers and 25 RBI. Pillar came up empty on Tuesday but Smoak had a hit.
The Yankees are 6-2 in their last eight during game two of a series and 15-7 in their last 22 Wednesday games. New York is also 6-1 in Tanaka’s last seven starts with six days’ rest, and 1-4 in Tanaka’s last five starts.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 9-1 in their last 10 Wednesday games and the under is 4-1 in the Jays’ last five Wednesday games. The under is 10-4 in the Blue Jays’ last 14 during game two of a series and Toronto is 6-2 in their last eight home games.
After a series of three iffy starts (12 earned total), Tanaka has been solid with two earned over 14.0 innings on eight hits in his last two outings. As for Valdez, he had a good start against the A’s but since then has given up 12 earned on 13 hits over 5.1 innings in his last two. Although Tanaka has been pitching well, I still have to think he’s due for something of a meltdown. That said, with Valdez on the mound on the other side, the Yankees should have the advantage here. I'm not thrilled about it due to their inconsistencies, but give me New York.