The New York Yankees will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak when they take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of their three-game weekend series on Friday night. The game will be played at Yankee Stadium and it is scheduled to begin at 7:05 PM. ET.
Blue Jays Going For Second Consecutive Win
The Blue Jays wrapped up the first half of the season with a win over the Baltimore Orioles, which helped them avoid a sweep at the hands of their division rivals. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Yankees on Friday, which will give them their second win in a row and third win in their last six games.
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Offensively, Toronto is one of the worst teams in the league. The team’s .232 batting average is 29th in the league. Their .300 on-base percentage is 27th, while their .411 slugging percentage is 23rd in the league. The 393 runs they have scored is 22nd in the league. Freddy Galvis leads the Blue Jays with a .270 batting average and 44 RBI, while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. leads the team with 16 homers. Toronto’s pitching also hasn’t been very good this season. Opponents have a .263 batting average against the Blue Jays, which is 22nd in the league. Their 4.91 ERA is also 22nd, while their 27 quality starts are 26th in the league. In his last start, Sanchez gave up three hits and two earned runs in five innings, leading to a 4-1 loss to the Orioles. The team will need a better performance from him to get the win over the Yankees.
Yankees Trying To Increase AL East Lead
The Yankees wrapped up the first half of the season with two consecutive losses to the Tampa Bay Rays, which allowed the second-place Rays to move within 6.5 games of the Yankees. They will try to bounce back from the losses with a win over the Blue Jays on Friday night.
Offensively, New York is one of the best teams in the league. The team’s .265 batting average is sixth in the league. Their .340 on-base percentage is fifth, while their .464 slugging percentage is fourth in the league. The 503 runs they have scored is third in the league. DJ LeMahieu leads the Yankees with a .336 batting average and 63 RBI, while Gary Sanchez leads the team with 24 homers. New York’s pitching is also among the best in the league this season. Opponents have a .248 batting average against the Yankees, which is 12th in the league. Their 4.14 ERA is ninth, while their 30 quality starts are 21st in the league. In his last start, German gave up five hits and one earned run in six innings, helping the Yankees get a 5-1 win over the New York Mets. The team will need a similar effort from him to snap their losing streak on Friday.
- 1-6 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- 1-6 in their last 7 Friday games.
- 1-12 in Sanchez’s last 13 starts.
New York is:
- 7-3 in their last 10 games following an off day.
- 8-2 in their last 10 Friday games.
- 7-0 in German’s last 7 starts vs. American League East.