New York Yankees (59-51 SU, 59-51 RL, 56-51-3 O/U) vs Toronto Blue Jays (52-59 SU, 48-63 RL, 54-51-6 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Where: Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Lines: New York -155/ Toronto +145
MLB action within the American League East this evening as the New York Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario in game two of their three-game series. The Yankees are just 3-10 in their last 13 games here in Toronto. Pitching Probables: Masahiro Tanaka (8-10, 4.93 ERA) will get the nod for the Yankees in this one and he will be opposed by Nick Tepesch (0-1, 5.40).
Yanks Are Looking To Close The Gap In The East
The Boston Red Sox are starting to put some distance between themselves and the Yankees in the American League East, but there is still plenty of time for the Yankees to make a move and they are taking on a bad Toronto team in this series. The Yankees are off a four-game set in Cleveland and after losing the first two games of that series, they bounce back with two wins to close out the series. The Yankees are still just 3-5 in their last eight games overall and they have gone just 27-31 on the road so they have their work cut out for them in this series. They have also struggled in this park, where they have gone just 3-10 in their last 13 games. The Yankees are now just three games out of first in the AL East, but they do hold the top spot in the wild card standings. This series is very important for them. Taking the hill for the Yankees will be Masahiro Tanaka and he has gone 8-10 with a 4.93 ERA in 22 starts on the year, including 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his last three starts and 3-5 with a 5.89 ERA in 11 starts on the road. Tanaka has gone 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA in 12 starts during August and he is 8-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 12 starts in his career against the Jays, including 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts here at the Rogers Centre.
The Yankees have been a strong offensive team so far as they come in ranked 4th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.21 rpg, while also ranking 9th in hitting at .260 and 10th in homers with 159. On the mound, they have been very solid as well as they come in ranked 6th in the league in ERA at 3.78, while also ranking 3rd in WHIP at 1.22.
Blue Jays Are Looking To Gain Ground in Wildcard Race
Toronto has been at or near the bottom of the American League East standings this year and they just never made the move that many expected them to. Their offense has been a mess this year and they have been most of their problems this year. Still, despite all their offensive woes and despite the fact that they are seven games under .500 for the year, the Blue Jays are just 5.0 games out of the 2nd wildcard slot in the American League. They are also just six games behind the Yankees, who own the top spot, so if they play well in this series, then they can inch closer to getting into the postseason. The Blue Jays have gone 27-26 here at home and the Yankees have struggled on the road, so they have a chance, but still, this team must get their offense going or they will not be able to stay in the race. Nick Tepesch gets the nod for the Blue Jays in this one and he has gone 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 1 start on the year. In his career he is 9-18 with a 4.41 ERA in 41 starts and has gone 0-1 with an 8.74 ERA in two career starts here at the Rogers Centre. He has never started against the Yankees. Tepesch was 2-4 with a 5.88 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) in the minors this year and came over from Minnesota in a trade. His lone start this year was as a member of the Twins.
Toronto has been a poor offensive team this year so far as they come in ranked 24th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.27 rpg, while also ranking 27th in hitting at .243 and 13th in homers with 151. On the mound, they have been average so far this year as they come in ranked 20th in the league in ERA at 4.65, while also ranking 22nd in WHIP at 1.40.
New York is:
- The Under is 7-1-1 in their last nine during game two of a series
- The Under is 9-1-1 in Tanaka’s last 11 starts vs. Blue Jays
- The Under is 4-1 in their last five Wednesday games
- The Under is 20-7 the last 27 meetings here in Toronto
Could Masahiro Tanaka be finally getting his act? Together? The Yankees certainly hope so as they will need him to be on point as they head into the stretch drive. He comes into this game with a 2.25 ERA in his last three starts and he has now allowed two ERs or less in five of his last eight starts. Tanaka has a 2.52 ERA in his career against the Blue Jays, including a 2.00 ERA in four career starts here at the Rogers Centre. Nick Tepesch has not been a good starter in his career as he is 9-18 with a 4.41 ERA in 41 career starts and he has gone 0-1 with an 8.74 ERA in two career starts in this park, but still, New York has been less than spectacular of late as they have averaged just 3.70 rpg in their last 10 games. The Jays have exploded on offense of late, but they still average just 4.09 rpg at home and Tanaka has great numbers against them. The last eight times that Tanaka has faced the Jays, there has been an averaged of just 7.13 rpg being scored and in his last three starts here just seven, five and five runs have been scored. Take the Under in this one.