Toronto Blue Jays (1-0) at New York Yankees (0-1)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Ross Stripling (0-0) (0.00) vs. Corey Kluber (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: New York Yankees -172 / Toronto Blue Jays +158 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees meet Saturday in MLB action from Yankee Stadium.
This will be game two in the season-opening weekend series between these teams. On Thursday, the Blue Jays eked out a one-run victory in extra innings. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Toronto got the best of the Yankees in a defensive battle during Thursday’s Opening Day game, taking a 3-2 win in the 10th inning. Teoscar Hernandez notched three hits with two runs and an RBI, and Randal Grichuk added two hits with an RBI of his own.
For Saturday’s starting pitcher role, the Blue Jays will be sending out Ross Stripling. Last season, Stripling pitched in five games (two starts), going 0-2 with a 6.32 ERA and one save. He’ll likely be serving in an opener role here with the bullpen behind him.
Over on the Yankees’ side, they had a 2-1 lead heading into the sixth inning of Thursday’s game, but starting pitcher Gerrit Cole coughed up a solo homer to even things up and New York never got it back. Gary Sanchez managed two hits and a two-run homer, however.
In the starter position on Saturday, New York will send out Corey Kluber. Last year with the Rangers, Kluber was hit with injuries and only managed to pitch one inning. He’s 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four career starts at Yankee Stadium.
The Blue Jays are 5-1 in their last six games on grass and 4-1 in their last five after a win. Toronto is 2-7 in their last nine road games and 1-4 in their last five during game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 6-1 in their last seven during game two of a series and 77-30 in their last 107 home games. New York is 56-24 in their last 80 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last five overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Yankees here, but probably staying away. New York had plenty of chances in the Thursday opener, but squandered most of them against a strong Toronto bullpen. The Yankees will see plenty more of that bullpen crew in this one, and they’ve got to get the bats going. Should be another interesting game, but I like New York slightly better.