The New York Yankees (73-46) will host the Toronto Blue Jays (63-54) in the second contest of a four-game series. Toronto won the opener 9-2 on Thursday. The Yankees have also won eight of the 13 head-to-head games this season.
Big night for SpringerThe Toronto Blue Jays have lost eight of their last 12 games but have now put together a two-game winning streak. George Springer set the table from the leadoff spot in the win on Thursday, going 5 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Vladmir Guerrero Jr. hit his 26th home run of the season and drove in a team-best three RBI.
Hit a Homer ✅— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 19, 2022
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Kevin Gausman (8-9, 3.16 ERA) will start on Friday. On the road, he is 5-3 with a 1.83 ERA in 10 starts. Against the Yankees back on April 14, he allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. This past Sunday, Gausman took the loss allowing nine hits and five runs in a 7-2 loss to the Guardians in Cleveland.
Toronto is tied for second in the AL East with Tampa Bay. If the season ended today, the Blue Jays would be in the postseason, but the Twins trail them by just 1.5 games.
Cause for panic or an overreaction?After going into the All-Star break with a 64-28 record, the Yankees have struggled losing 16 of their last 24 ball games. The offense has struggled batting .188 as a team with seven four home runs and 19 total runs scored over the last eight games, but eight of those runs came in the 8-7 win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
The Yankees are dealing with some key injuries. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton (24 HR, 61 RBI) has not played since July 23 due to an Achilles injury, and Matt Carpenter (.305 AVG, 15 HR, 37 RBI) has been out with a broken foot since August 8. The Yankees have also not been able to utilize the services of trade acquisition Harrison Bader (15 SB) who they acquired from the Cardinals and is currently on the injured list. Aaron Judge is the favorite to win the AL MVP. Judge ranks first in MLB with a 6.8 WAR, 46 home runs, and 102 RBI.
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Jameson Taillon (11-3, 3.95 ERA) will start on Friday. He is 6-1 with a 3.61 ERA in 12 home starts this season. The Blue Jays have seen a lot of Taillon who is 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA in four games against the Blue Jays.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
This is far from a lock on either side. The pitching matchup is fairly even, and both of these teams are capable of a breakout but have struggled against winning teams recently. When it comes down to it, the Yankees are 42-18 at home and have not been an underdog in their own ballpark all season. I don't love either team here, but New York has won six of the last seven home starts made by Taillon. I will take New York to bounce back at even money.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Yankees' offense has failed to score more than three runs in eight of their last nine games, and Toronto has allowed three runs or less in four of the last six road starts made by Gausman. The Blue Jays' offense has also struggled scoring three runs or less in five of their last seven games, and New York has allowed three runs or less in three of the last four home starts made by Taillon.