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#5967 Toronto Blue Jays vs.
#5968 New York Yankees
Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 1:05pm EDT
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Toronto Blue Jays (64-54, 51-66 RL, 61-55-1 O/U) collide with the New York Yankees (73-47, 53-66 RL 58-57-4 O/U) in an AL East showdown on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays will have Mitch White on the hill. The Yankees will have Gerritt Cole on the hill aiming for his 10th victory. The Yankees lead the season series 8-6.

White Eyes First Win in Jays Uniform

Mitch White will make his third start as a member of the Blue Jays in this one. White was solid in his latest effort, limiting the Guardians to one run in 4.2 innings, resulting in a no-decision in a game the Jays won. The young right-hander was acquired from the Dodgers earlier this month and is having a promising season, reporting a 3.72 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP to go with a 1-3 record in 65.1 innings. This marks his first career meeting against the Yankees. 

Toronto is in need of wins. They had a poor homestand, going 2-4 in six games against the Guardians and Orioles. The offense has been kept in check recently. They only scored 11 runs in three games against the Orioles and now stand in the 2nd wild card spot.

George Springer has been productive against the Yankees, launching three homers with eight RBIs. The 32-year-old leadoff hitter recently came back from a stint on the IL and has 51 RBIs accompanied by an .821 OPS on the season. Springer has four RBIs in his last five games.

The Blue Jays are scoring an average of 4.73  runs per game, ranking them sixth overall. The pitching staff has logged a 3.94 team ERA, placing them 17th in the Major Leagues. 

Cole Tagged with Second Loss in Last Three Starts

The Yankees give the nod to Gerrit Cole on Saturday. Cole resumed his fine work by limiting the Rays to only one run in six innings earlier this week, but received no help from the offense and was charged with the loss to fall to 9-5. The Yankees’ ace has allowed just one run in his last 13 innings and has logged a 3.30 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in 144.1 innings of action on the season. Cole squandered three runs in 5.2 innings in his only meeting against the Blue Jays this season and is 5-1 with a solid 3.47 ERA in 59.2 career innings against the division foes. 

The Bronx Bombers have not lived up to that nickname recently. They have now lost five consecutive series due to a horrible slump at the dish. They were dealt two losses by the Rays this week. They only plated 10 runs in their last four games.

Aaron Judge continues to produce, sporting a 1.03 OPS on the month. The 30-year-old star is having a spectacular year, delivering 46 homers with a stunning 102 RBIs and a 1.05 OPS. Judge has been kept in check against the Blue Jays, amassing eight RBIs and a .787 OPS. Giancarlo Stanton remains on the IL.

The Yankees are averaging 5.10 runs per game, good for second overall. The pitching staff has posted a 3.34 team ERA, placing them third in the Major Leagues. 

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The Yankees' shockingly bad play continues. They have been horrible. They have lost 12 out of their last 15 games including six out of their last seven home games. Blue Jays’ starter Mitch White has been steady, conceding only six runs in his last 20.1 innings. 

Furthermore, Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole has been inconsistent recently. He has surrendered 12 runs in his last three home starts spanning only 18 innings. The Yankees are not winning games with the ace on the mound, losing in each of his last three starts. New York is playing without Giancarlo Stanton which isn't helping matters at the plate.

Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays +1.5

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I expect a low-scoring battle. The Jays have not produced with any consistency against the Yankees pitching. They have only averaged 3.38 runs against the Yankees this season and have scored four or fewer runs in seven out of their last ten games. 

In addition, the same applies to a stumbling Yankees offense. They have scored a grand total of only 28 runs in their last ten games and predictably, the under has been the prevalent trend. NY has only managed two runs in the first two games of this series. The under is 6-2-1 in the Yankees' last nine games.

Prediction: Under 8
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Written By Adam Rauzino , "Adam Rauzino"

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