Luis Severino (3-2, 2.04 ERA) and the New York Yankees (77-61) take on David Price (14-5, 2.43 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (79-60) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 10 and can be seen on YES and RSN.
Severino pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking three in a 5-2 win over the Rays. Price went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking four in a 5-1 win over the Orioles in his last outing. Josh Donaldson (.307, 108 Rs, 37 HRs, 115 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for New York and Toronto are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Within its division, New York has a record of 33-25 SU. The Yankees have no trouble scoring as they rank fourth in the AL in home offense with 4.8 runs per game.
The Blue Jays are 30-25 against AL East opponents. Offensively, they average 5.5 runs per game, which is tops in the AL. The Blue Jays can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 192 home runs. Toronto is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.4 per game.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 8-4. The Yankees have a 24-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Price takes the mound. Severino (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 59-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor
The Yankees hold a 33-26 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Blue Jays' record in these matchups is 30-26.
The Yankees managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are coming in with a 19-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 13-48. The Yankees have a 17-48 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Toronto has hit 192 this season. New York ranks third with 187 home runs.
New York and Toronto both rank in the top five of the league in hits. New York sits at fifth with 8.76 hits per game and Toronto ranks fourth with 8.99.
Toronto tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .789 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .755.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 45-43. When the Yankees allow one or more homers, they have a 40-47 record.