Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees - 8/10/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (60-52) at Toronto Blue Jays (53-60)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
S Gray (6-6) (3.41) vs. M Estrada (4-7) (5.12)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +120 / New York Yankees -143 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, YES
The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays will duke it out in the rubber match of a pivotal three game AL East set from Rogers Centre on Thursday.
The New York Yankees will look to take the series after evening the set up at one game apiece following an 11-5 win over the Jays on Wednesday night. Todd Frazier led the way, going 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. Jacoby Ellsbury, Garrett Cooper and Ronald Torreyes each had two RBIs, with Cooper going 4 for 5 at the dish with a double. Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez each hit a solo shot to round out the Yanks’ damage on the scoreboard, while Brett Gardner added a double and Chase Headley added a base hit of his own in the winning effort for New York. Masahiro Tanaka gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits while walking five and striking out a pair over four innings of work. Chad Green got the win to improve to 2-0 this season, striking out three while giving up a pair of runs over 1.1 innings of relief. Sonny Gray will get the start in the series finale and is 6-6 with a 3.40 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gray is 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA and 31 strikeouts against Toronto.
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The Toronto Blue Jays will look for another important win after dropping game two on Wednesday. Jose Bautista hit a solo homer, while Ryan Goins went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Josh Donaldson, Steve Pearce and Nori Aoki all added RBIs in the loss, while Kevin Pillar chipped in a double of his own as the Jays put up just six hits as a team in the loss. Nick Tepesch gave up five runs on eight hits while striking out four over 4.1 innings of work, falling to 0-2 this season with the loss. Marco Estrada will get the ball for the series finale and is 4-7 with a 5.12 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. In his career, Estrada is 4-3 with a 4.68 ERA and 50 strikeouts against the Yankees.
New York is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 8-17 in their last 25 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 11-3-1 in their last 15 road games. Toronto is 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 division matchups while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a right-handed starter. Toronto is 6-1 in Estrada’s last 7 starts against New York.
There’s no denying that both teams need this win, as it would be a huge confidence boost as we head towards September. However, Toronto needs this game much more as they’re chasing the wild card, and have had success against the Yankees in Toronto, and Estrada has had his fair share of success against the Yanks as well, which is why I’ll back Toronto and the plus money here.