Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees - 3/29/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (98-77) at Toronto Blue Jays (76-86)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 3:37 pm (Rogers Centre)
Luis Severino (0-0) (0.00) vs. J Happ (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +130 / New York Yankees -140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
Coming up from Rogers Centre on Thursday, we’ve got a fun MLB matchup looming on opening day between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays.
After surprising everyone during a “rebuilding year” last season where they got just one win away from the World Series, the Yankees won’t be satisfied with anything but a championship in 2018.
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New York’s got some big bats entering this season, led by Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez. In Thursday’s matchup they’ll be supporting the Yankees’ Luis Severino, who posted a 14-6 record with a 2.98 ERA in 2017.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they’ll be looking to improve on their 76-86 record from last year. Toronto’s top player this season could likely be Kevin Pillar, as he’s coming off a good spring and put up 150 hits last season.
Taking the mound for the Jays on Thursday will be lefty JA Happ, who managed to go 10-11 on the year in 2017 with a 3.53 ERA and 142 Ks in 145.1 innings of work.
The Yankees are 6-2 in their last eight during game one of s aeries and 3-8 in their last 11 road games versus a left-handed starter. New York is also 0-4 in their last four road games and 5-1 in Severino’s last six starts versus the AL East.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 3-8 in their last 11 following an off day and 1-4 in their last five versus a right-handed starter. Toronto is also 4-1 in Happ’s last five starts and 4-12 in Happ’s last 16 starts in game one of a series.
Everybody’s talking about the Yankees bats this year, but if they’re really going to succeed they’ll need quality contributions from the pitching staff as well. It may take New York a little while to gel with their new roster (and new manager), so I don’t think it would be a reach to pick Toronto here.