New York Yankees (85-68 SU, 83-70 RL, 80-70-3 O/U) vs Toronto Blue Jays (72-82 SU, 71-83 RL, 69-78-7 O/U)
When: 1:07 PM EDT, Sunday, September 24, 2017
Where: Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
MLB action on Sunday afternoon and the New York Yankees will grapple with the Toronto Blue Jays in game three of their three-game series from Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Pitching Probables: The Yankees will trot out Jordan Montgomery (8-7, 4.06 ERA) and the Blue Jays will counter with Marcus Stroman (12-8, 3.01 ERA).
Yankees Suffer Bad Loss In Game One
The New York Yankees will be in the postseason this year, but they would love to grab the American League East title. That will not be easy now after they lost game one of this series by a score of 8-1 to fall to three games behind the Red Sox for first place in the division. The Yankees have just eight games left after this one, so time is running out for them as far as winning the division goes. Still, the will be in the postseason and should they get past the Wildcard game, then they will be a dangerous team as they have a strong offense, solid starting pitching and one of the best pens in the league. The Yankees have been led by Aaron Judge, who hit his 46th homer of the year in their 8-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday. The Yankees have gone 39-40 on the road and they have averaged 5.03 rpg and have allowed 4.24 rpg in those games. Jordan Montgomery gets the nod in this one and he has gone 8-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 27 starts in this his first year in the league, including 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA in his last three starts and 3-4 with a 4.38 ERA in 14 starts on the road. Montgomery has gone 2-5 with a 4.61 ERA in 11 day starts and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one start against the Blue Jays. In that game, he won 7-0 here at the Rogers Centre and he allowed just three hits and three walks in 6.0 innings of work in that game.
The Yankees have been a strong offensive team so far as they come in ranked 2nd in the league in scoring, putting up 5.31 rpg, while also ranking 8th in hitting at .261 and 4th in homers with 223. On the mound they have been very solid as well as they come in ranked 5th in the league in ERA at 3.77, while also ranking 3rd in WHIP at 1.22.
Marco Estrada Cools Yankee Bats
The New York Yankees are fighting for a division title and their offense has been hot of late, but Marco Estrada cooled those bats off in an 8-1 win on Friday. Estrada allowed just one ER on three hits and one walk in 7.0 innings of work to improve to 10-8 with a 4.70 ERA. He has been hot of late as he is 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in his last four starts. On offense, they had just seven hits in the game, but really made the most of them. Going deep was Teoscar Hernandez (3rd), Russell Martin (13th) and Ryan Goins (8th). The offense has been a problem for this team all year and they will need to address that in the offseason as they do have the pitching right now to lead them. The Blue Jays have gone 41-38 here at home for the year and they have averaged 4.08 rpg and have allowed 4.76 rpg in those games. Marcus Stroman will toe the slab for the Blue Jays in this one and he has gone 12-8 with a 3.01 ERA in 31 starts on the year, including 1-2 with a 2.37 ERA in his last three starts and 6-6 with a 2.52 ERA in 17 starts here at home. Stroman has gone 8-8 with a 2.57 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) in Sept/ Oct and 14-9 with a 3.73 ERA in 39 games (37 starts) in the daytime, plus he is 19-11 with a 3.15 ERA in 50 games ( 46 starts) here at the Rogers Centre in his career, while against the Yankees overall he has gone 5-3 with a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts.
Toronto has been a poor offensive team this year so far as they come in ranked 25th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.27 rpg, while also ranking 29th in hitting at .240 and 11th in homers with 210. On the mound they have been below average so far this year as they come in ranked 14th in the league in ERA at 4.42, while also ranking 17th in WHIP at 1.38.
New York is:
- 10-2 in their last 12 games vs. a right-handed starter
- 11-4 in their last 15 vs. a team with a losing record
- 3-7 in their last 10 during game three of a series
- 1-4 in their last five home games vs. a team with a winning record
The Yankees took a bad loss in game one of this series, but they are still just three games out of first in the American League East and they are still the better team in this game, They have a huge edge on offense and while the Blue Jays have a solid edge on the mound, I just don’t see them coming up with enough runs to win this game against a new York team that will be highly motivated in this one. New York did not play well in game one, but I see them bouncing back strong in this one against a Toronto team that has nothing left to play for. Take the Yankees.