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#1969 New York Yankees vs.
#1970 Toronto Blue Jays
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7:07pm EDT
Written by Chris Kubala

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A pair of teams from the AL East continue their early-week series on the diamond down in the Sunshine State. The New York Yankees are on the road as they play the middle game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at their temporary home in Dunedin. New York salvaged the finale of their three-game road set with Tampa Bay as they earned an 8-4 victory in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon. Toronto had the rubber game of their three-game set with the Angels Sunday rained out. That game will be made up in a split doubleheader in Anaheim August 10. The Blue Jays earned a 15-1 victory Saturday in their previous contest. Monday’s series opener saw Gerrit Cole take the mound for the Yankees against the Blue Jays’ Robbie Ray. First pitch in that contest from TD Ballpark in Dunedin was scheduled for 7:07 pm ET.

New York Yankees Look to Earn Road Victory

New York snapped a three-game skid as they earned a road win in the finale of their three-game set with Tampa Bay Sunday afternoon. The Yankees entered Monday tied for second in the AL East, two games behind the Red Sox for the top spot in the division. Gio Urshela (run, three RBI) had four of the nine hits for New York on the afternoon while no other player had more than one. Urshela hit his first homer of the season while Rougned Odor drove in the winning run in the top of the 10th inning to spark a four-run rally. Jordan Montgomery didn’t factor in the decision as he threw five innings, allowing four runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman (1-0) fanned the side in the ninth while allowing one hit to earn the win in relief.

Jameson Taillon is on the mound for the Yankees as he logs his second start of the season in this one. He comes in with no record, a 3.86 ERA, a 0.643 WHIP, no walks and seven strikeouts on the year. Taillon didn’t factor in the decision in his season debut, which came against the Orioles Wednesday at home. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in a game the Yankees dropped 4-3 in 11 innings. Taillon beat the Blue Jays in his lone career start against them, which came with the Pirates on the road on August 11, 2017. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in a 4-2 Pittsburgh win. Taillon, in his 84th career major league start, pitches at TD Ballpark for the first time.

Toronto Blue Jays Hope to Gain Ground in AL East

Toronto was rained out Sunday so they got an extra day to rest and recover here after walloping the Angels in Saturday’s game. The Blue Jays entered Monday’s action tied for second in the AL East, two games behind the Red Sox for the top spot. In Saturday’s contest, Josh Palacios (four runs, RBI) had four hits while Santiago Espinal (two runs, RBI) added three hits. Bo Bichette (three runs, five RBI), Randal Grichuk (run, three RBI), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (run, three RBI) each added a pair. The offensive barrage was more than enough for Steven Matz (2-0), who earned the win after throwing six innings. He allowed one run on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Tommy Milone threw the final three innings, allowing no runs on one hit with no walks and six strikeouts to earn his first save.

Hyun Jin Ryu takes the ball for his third start of the season in this contest for the Blue Jays. He comes in with a 0-1 record, a 2.92 ERA, a 0.973 WHIP, one walk and 12 strikeouts over 12.1 innings of work on the year. Ryu took the loss in his last start, which came against the Rangers on the road Wednesday. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in a game the Blue Jays dropped 2-1. Ryu makes his sixth career start against the Yankees in this contest. He is 1-2 with a 5.53 ERA, a 1.337 WHIP, eight walks and 25 strikeouts over 27.2 innings of work. Ryu, in his 141st major league appearance and his 140th career start, pitches at TD Ballpark for the first time.

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The Yankees are a dangerous offensive lineup with the potential to do damage with one swing of the bat. While the Blue Jays are a team on the upswing when it comes to contending in the AL East, they still have to find a way to scale the mountain that currently has New York and Tampa Bay at the top. Toronto’s pitching has to take the step forward in order to have success. Taillon didn’t go deep in his season debut but he did fan seven hitters in 4.2 innings. We know the depth of the Yankees’ bullpen, which we saw on Sunday as that group threw five scoreless frames to help New York rally for the win. In this one, you have to lean toward the Yankees as Stanton, Judge and company do enough to get New York the victory here.

Prediction: New York Yankees +110

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New York went into Monday having seen the under hit in six of their nine games. The Yankees are tied for 17th offensively as they average 4.22 runs per contest on the year. New York stands tied for fifth in runs allowed as they give up an average of 3.67 runs per game, giving them an average total of 7.89 runs a night when they’re on the diamond. Toronto has seen the under hit in six of their first nine games entering Monday’s action. The Blue Jays are tied for 12th by averaging 4.56 runs a night this season. Toronto is tied for ninth by allowing 3.78 runs a game, giving them an average total of 8.34 runs per contest. There are two solid starters on the mound in this one and that helps keep the bats in check. Look for the under to hit here.

Prediction: Under 9
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