New York Yankees (56-28) at Toronto Blue Jays (40-46)
|Date & Time||Saturday July 7, 2018, 4:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +170 / New York Yankees -180 --- Over/Under: 8.5
Coming up Saturday from Rogers Centre, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays will be picking up their MLB series once again.
In the Friday opener, the Blue Jays piled in five runs in the second inning, and rode that advantage to a 6-2 victory.
For the Saturday game, the Yankees will be bringing out ace Luis Severino. Over 118.1 innings and a 13-2 record this year, Severino has a 1.98 ERA with 138 Ks and 29 BBs.
Tops in hitting for the Yankees this year is Giancarlo Stanton, who came into this set with 87 hits, 51 runs, 21 homers and 51 RBI. On Friday, Stanton came up empty 0-for-3.
Over on the Jays’ side, they’re rolling with JA Happ on Saturday. Across 102.2 innings and a 10-4 record this year, Happ has a 4.03 ERA with 110 Ks and 28 BBs.
The lead hitter for the Jays this season is Yangervis Solarte, with 82 hits, 41 runs, 16 homers and 48 RBI entering this set. On Saturday, Solarte posted three hits and a run.
The Yankees are 20-8 in their last 28 Saturday games and 35-17 in their last 52 during game two of a series. New York is 5-1 in Severino’s last six starts and 38-14 in his last 52 starts.
Meanwhile, the Jays are 4-0 in their last four Saturday games and 4-10 in their last 14 during game two of a series. The Jays are also 7-2 in Happ’s last nine home starts and 11-5 in his last 16 starts.
Severino has been the best thing about the Yankees pitching staff this year, and he’s got three quality starts—with zero combined earned—in three of his last four appearances. Happ, meanwhile, could potentially be auditioning here as a trade prospect so it will be interesting to see how things play out over the week or two. In any case, the Yanks are probably the smart call here.