Toronto Blue Jays (26-20) at New York Yankees (26-21)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Taijuan Walker (3-2) (2.95) vs. Deivi Garcia (1-1) (3.06)
The Line: New York Yankees -149 / Toronto Blue Jays +138 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees meet Tuesday in MLB action from Yankee Stadium.
This will be the first installment of an important three-game series between these teams this week. The Jays are coming out of a series versus the Mets, falling on Friday but taking the Saturday and Sunday games. As for the Yankees, they just finished up sweeping the Orioles in four games, winning 6-0, 10-1, 2-1 and 3-1. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Blue Jays’ offense has a few notable standouts this season. Teoscar Hernanez leads the team on 14 homers with 27 RBI, 45 hits, 27 runs and a .308 batting average. Randal Grichuk is hitting .273 with nine homers, 27 RBI and 28 runs this year. Vladimir Guerrero is also hitting pretty well with six homers, 23 RBI, 24 runs and nine doubles.
For the Tuesday starting pitcher role, the Blue Jays are sending out Taijuan Walker. In eight starts this season, Walker is 3-2 with a 2.95 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 42.2 innings of work. Over his MLB career, Walker is 34-33 with a 3.88 ERA and 514 Ks in 571.0 innings.
New York has dealt with injuries and poor performance all season, but they do have a few standouts. Luke Voit has 16 home runs, 37 RBI, 32 runs and a .270 batting average. DJ LeMahieu is also doing well with a .350 average, 49 hits, 29 runs, six homers and 14 RBI.
In the Tuesday starting pitcher job, the Yankees will send rookie Deivi Garcia back out to the mound. In three starts this season, Garcia is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17.2 innings of work.
The Blue Jays are 4-0 in their last four games versus a team with a winning record and 4-1 in their last five road games. Toronto is 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win and 8-3 in their last 11 during game one of a series.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 5-0 in their last five overall and 65-20 in their last 85 games as a home favorite. New York is 72-26 in their last 98 home games and 81-39 in their last 120 games as a favorite.
Pick: I’m leaning Yankees here, but probably staying away. Garcia posted his first Major League win in his last start, which was against Toronto. In that one Garcia put up seven innings with two runs and helped New York get turned around. As for Walker, he’s gotten into some trouble here and there but always finds his way out. This one is going to be tight, and also a very, very important series in the division.