New York Yankees (31-21) at Toronto Blue Jays (26-26)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 21, 2020 at 6:37 pm (Sahlen Field)
Michael King (1-1) (6.75) vs. Matt Shoemaker (0-1) (4.91)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +136 / New York Yankees -147 --- Over/Under: 10.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays meet Monday in MLB action from Sahlen Field.
This will be the first installment of a four-game set between New York and Toronto this week. The Yankees are coming off a weekend series versus the Red Sox, winning the first two games there. In the Sunday finale, New York’s winning streak came to an end with an ugly 10-2 defeat. As for the Blue Jays, they just finished up against the Phillies. Toronto continued a skid with losses in the first three games. In the Sunday finale the Blue Jays finally got a 6-3 win, halting their ugly losing streak. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Yankees’ dominance against the Red Sox came to a halt in the loss Sunday. New York could only cobble together two runs, and were out-hit 14-3. Luke Voit hit a solo homer, and starting pitcher Deivi Garcia fell to 2-2 with 3.0 innings, six earned runs, eight hits and two Ks.
In the Monday starting pitcher role, New York will send out reliever Michael King. In 24.0 innings this season, King is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 20 strikeouts.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they out-hit the Phillies 8-6 in the win on Sunday, but also committed three errors. Teoscar Hernandez posted a two-run homer in that one, and Bo Bichette had a double and a triple with two runs scored. Taijuan walker got the win for Toronto with 6.0 innings, one earned, four hits two walks and eight strikeouts. He’s now 4-3 on the year.
In the starting slot on Monday, Toronto will roll with Matt Shoemaker. In five starts this season, Shoemaker is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 25.2 innings. On his MLB career, Shoemaker is 43-33 with a 3.86 ERA and 539 Ks in 599.1 innings of work.
The Yankees are 4-0 in their last four games versus a team with a winning record and 10-1 in their last 11 games overall. New York is 86-40 in their last 126 games as a favorite and 41-20 in their last 61 Monday games.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 5-1 in their last six Monday games and 13-6 in the last 19 games following a win. Toronto is 1-6 in their last seven games overall and 1-6 in their last seven games on grass.
Pick: I think I’m still going to lean Yankees here. New York’s offense went back to sleep in the Sunday game, and the pitching was spotty at best across the board. Jonathan Holder struggled once again with three earned runs in 2.0 innings, allowing four hits, a walk and a homer. New York was down at that point so it didn’t really end up mattering, but things like that are going to be a concern for the Yankees down the stretch and in the playoffs. They’re still a better play here though, I think.