In the second of a four-game series between the New York Yankees (77-62) and the Toronto Blue Jays (80-60) at Yankee Stadium, Ivan Nova (6-7, 4.50 ERA) and Marco Estrada (12-8, 3.18 ERA) get the ball. The Blue Jays won the last game 11-5 and Toronto leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 12 and will air on FOX.
In his last start, Nova pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out three and walking one in a 6-4 victory over the Rays. The Blue Jays were victorious over the Orioles 10-4 the last time Estrada pitched. He went 5.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out four and walking four. Josh Donaldson (.308, 109 Rs, 38 HRs, 117 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. Against teams in the AL East, the Yankees have an SU record of 33-26. The Yankees come into the game with the AL's fourth-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 4.8 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Yankees are a power hitting team with 188 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB.
Against divisional foes, the Blue Jays are 30-26 SU. The Blue Jays are the number one overall scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.5 runs per game so far. Toronto has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an AL-best 3.4 walks per game.
The Blue Jays have gotten the best of the Yankees in head-to-head matchups this season, going 9-4. This game will feature Estrada (RHP) on the mound against the Yankees, who have a 53-45 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Blue Jays will be the right-hander Nova. They sport a 59-48 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor
The Yankees hold a 33-27 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Blue Jays' record in these matchups is 31-26.
The Yankees are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 21-18 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 13-48. The Yankees have a 17-49 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Toronto has hit 197 this season. New York ranks third with 188 home runs.
Ranking sixth, New York is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.72 per game. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.99.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Toronto has an OPS of .793 this season. New York ranks fourth with an OPS of .754.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 46-43. When the Yankees allow one or more homers, they have a 40-48 record.