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#2915 New York Yankees vs.
#2916 Toronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 3:05pm EDT
Written by Chris Kubala

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A pair of teams from the AL East close out their early-week series on the diamond down in the Sunshine State. The New York Yankees are on the road as they play the final game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at their temporary home in Dunedin Wednesday afternoon. In the opening game of the series Monday night, it was the Yankees drawing first blood with a 3-1 victory. The pitching matchup for the middle game of the series Tuesday saw Jameson Taillon get the ball for New York against Toronto’s Hyun Jin Ryu. First pitch from TD Ballpark was scheduled for 7:07 pm ET.

New York Yankees Looking to Leave Sunshine State With Momentum

New York won their second straight game as they shut down the Blue Jays in the opening game of this series Monday night. The Yankees entered Tuesday tied for second in the AL East with Tampa Bay, 1.5 games behind the Red Sox for the top spot. In Monday’s game, backup catcher Kyle Higashioka (two runs, three RBI) had two of the Yankees’ four hits. He hit his first two homers of the year to account for all of New York’s offense. That was enough for Gerrit Cole (2-0) to earn the win on the mound. He threw six innings, allowing one run on three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman threw a scoreless ninth, giving up one hit while striking out two, to earn his first save of the year.

Corey Kluber is expected to take the hill for the Yankees in the series finale as he logs his third start of the season. He comes in 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA, a 2.368 WHIP, five walks and eight strikeouts over 6.1 innings of action on the season. Kluber took the loss in his last start, which came Friday on the road against Tampa Bay. He threw just 2.1 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a game the Yankees lost 10-5. Kluber makes his eighth career start against the Blue Jays in this contest. He is 2-3 with a 4.24 ERA, a 1.562 WHIP, 19 walks and 46 strikeouts over 40.1 innings of work against them. In his 212th major league appearance and his 207th career start, Kluber pitches at TD Ballpark in a regular-season contest for the first time.

Toronto Blue Jays Trying to Earn Win in Finale

Toronto couldn’t get their bats going in the opener and ended up on the wrong end of a well-pitched game on both sides Monday night. The Blue Jays entered Tuesday in the basement of the AL East, 2.5 games behind the Red Sox for the top spot in the division race. Toronto finished Monday’s game with five hits with no player having more than one. Randal Grichuk drove in the lone run for the Blue Jays with an RBI groundout in the first inning and had the team’s lone extra-base hit with a double. The team was zero for nine with runners in scoring position in the loss. Robbie Ray (0-1) took the loss on the mound as he allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts over five innings of work.

Ross Stripling is slated to take the mound for Toronto here and make his third start of the season. He is 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA, a 1.92 WHIP, three walks and 10 strikeouts over 8.1 innings of work on the year. Stripling didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came Thursday at home against the Angels. He threw five innings, allowing four runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts in a game the Blue Jays dropped 7-5 in 11 innings. Stripling makes his fifth career appearance and second start against the Yankees in this contest. He comes in 0-3 with one save, a 5.40 ERA, a 1.425 WHIP, four walks and 10 strikeouts over 13.1 innings against them. Stripling’s start against the Angels was his first career outing at TD Ballpark. That leaves him with no record, a 7.20 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP, one walk and five strikeouts over five innings there.

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Runs were at a premium in Monday’s opener with a couple of upper-echelon arms on the mound. This one is going to be a little different as both starters have struggled in the early going this season. Kluber is still trying to find his way back after pitching all of one inning in 2020 and having his 2019 campaign cut short after seven starts. On the other side, Stripling has never seemed comfortable pitching for Toronto since being acquired from the Dodgers. He is 0-3 with one save, a 6.75 ERA, a 1.708 WHIP, 10 walks and 23 strikeouts over 24 innings since coming over. Toronto is on the upswing but the Yankees have better arms to cover for a weak showing from a starting pitcher. Give the edge to the Bronx Bombers on getaway day as they prevail here.

Prediction: New York Yankees -125

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New York went into Monday having seen the under hit in seven of their 10 games. The Yankees are 19th offensively as they average 4.10 runs per contest on the year. New York stands tied for fourth in runs allowed as they give up an average of 3.40 runs per game, giving them an average total of 7.60 runs a night when they’re on the diamond. Toronto has seen the under hit in seven of their first 10 games entering Tuesday’s action. The Blue Jays are 18th by averaging 4.20 runs a night this season. Toronto is seventh by allowing 3.70 runs a game, giving them an average total of 7.90 runs per contest. Runs were at a premium Monday but might be a little easier to come by with a pair of struggling arms on the mound. Look for this one to edge over the mark.

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