New York Yankees (31-22) at Toronto Blue Jays (27-26)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 6:37 pm (Sahlen Field)
Gerrit Cole (6-3) (3.00) vs. Tanner Roark (2-2) (6.41)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +204 / New York Yankees -225 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays meet Tuesday in MLB action from Sahlen Field.
This will be the second installment of a four-game series between these American League East teams this week. In the set opener on Monday, Toronto’s offense came alive with a big effort in an 11-5 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Yankees got into some pitching trouble early in the Monday loss, and the offense couldn’t dig them out of the big hole. New York’s Mike Tauchman provided three RBI and one hit, while Gio Urshela had two hits, two RBI and a run.
For the Tuesday starting pitcher role, the Yankees are going with Gerrit Cole. In his 11 starts this season, Cole is 6-3 with a 3.00 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 66.0 innings. Across his entire MLB career, Cole is 100-55 with a 3.20 ERA and 1423 Ks in 1261.0 innings total.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, their offense really got going in the third and fourth innings on Monday, scoring a combined nine runs in those two frames alone. Bo Bichette had a great night with two hits, two runs and two RBI, and starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker went 3.0 innings with three hits and one earned run.
In the starter role on Tuesday, Toronto will send out Tanner Roark. Over nine starts this season, Roark is 2-2 with a 6.41 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 39.1 innings total. Across his MLB career, Roark is 76-66 with a 3.80 ERA and 925 Ks in 1139.2 innings.
The Yankees are 10-2 in their last 12 games overall and 4-1 in their last five games versus a team with a winning record. New York is 86-41 in their last 127 games as a favorite and 31-15 in their last 46 during game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 6-2 in their last eight during game two of a series and 2-4 in their last six games versus a team with a winning record. Toronto is 2-6 in their last eight games overall and 1-4 in their last five games as an underdog.
Pick: I’m sticking Yankees here, I suppose. After the flat efforts in the last two games I’m not as high on New York as I was last week. Still, with Cole on the mound things look better. In his last outing, Cole posted seven innings with one run against Toronto, striking out eight and bagging career victory number 100. He’s got a sweet 0.90 ERA across his last three starts. The sketchy nature of New York's bullpen is a legitimate concern over the course of the season however, so you wouldn't be crazy for taking the Blue Jays on a value play in this one.