Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees
|Date & Time||Saturday July 13, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
New York Yankees: -1.5 (-160) / Toronto Blue Jays: 1.5 (+140)
The Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees meet in game two of their three game AL East division set in MLB action from Yankee Stadium on Saturday.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to bounce back after being held off of the scoresheet in game one on Friday, taking a 4-0 loss in the series opener. Eric Sogard went 2 for 4 while Freddy Galvis, Cavan Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Danny Jansen each had a base hit as none of Toronto’s six hits went for extra bases in the losing effort. Aaron Sanchez took the loss on the mound, falling to 3-13 on the year after allowing all four runs on seven hits over five innings of work. Clayton Richard will start game two and is 1-5 with a 6.23 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. In his career, Richard is 0-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 10 strikeouts against the Yankees.
The New York Yankees will look to build on their shutout victory from game one when they take the field on Saturday. Edwin Encarnacion went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBis while DJ LeMahieu added an RBI as well in the win. Brett Gardner went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double while Gleyber Torres went 2 for 3 with a doubles and Aaron Hicks added a pair of hits with a double as well. Gary Sanchez chipped in a two-bagger of his own while Aaron Judge added a base knock to cap off the Yankee offense as a team in the victory. Domingo German got the win to improve to 11-2 on the year after tossing six shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out seven. J.A. Happ will start game two and is 7-4 with a 5.02 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA and 17 strikeouts against Toronto.
Toronto is 1-4 in Richard’s last 5 division starts and 0-4 in their last 4 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. New York is 13-3 in Happ’s last 16 division starts and 50-21 in their last 71 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games against a left-handed starter. Toronto is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 24-52 in the last 76 meetings between these two teams in New York.
I’d like to think that Toronto could pull one out with the heavy plus money, but the problem is that Richard hasn’t been very reliable and has allowed three or more runs in each of his last six starts. Happ has had a couple of bumpy outings of his own, but he’s had some success against his former team in his career and he has the more consistent offense behind him. I just can’t trust Toronto on a consistent basis, so I see no other option than to side with New York and to cut down some of the heavy juice, I’ll back the Yankees on the RL here.