Marco Estrada (10-6, 3.21 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (8-5, 3.79 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (64-52) and the New York Yankees (62-51) at the Rogers Centre. The Yankees won the last game 4-3 and New York leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 15 and can be seen on YES and RSN.
Estrada pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking three in a 2-0 win over the Yankees. Tanaka went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out five in a 2-0 defeat to the Blue Jays in his last outing. Mark Teixeira (.259, 55 Rs, 30 HRs, 77 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Toronto is a -118 favorite against New York and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Blue Jays have recorded an overall money line of +558 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 46-24. Toronto is perfect SU and unbeaten in its last 10 outings as the favorite. The Blue Jays have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in offense with 5.3 runs per game. Toronto's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.0 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.1.
In games where it is the underdog, New York has a 23-25 record and an overall money line of -13. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record, and a 4-6 record SU. Offensively, the Yankees have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.8 runs per game by averaging 4.3 in those contests.
The Blue Jays have controlled the season series, 7-2. The Blue Jays have a 49-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Tanaka takes the mound. Estrada (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 41-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Over
The Blue Jays and the Yankees both sit at records of 26-21 this season against teams in the AL East Division.
Toronto won its last game in a shutout, its eighth of the season. New York has been shut out five times this season.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Yankees have a 1-3 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 10-41. The Yankees have a 12-39 record when opponents outhit them.
Toronto and New York both rank in the top five of the league in home runs. Toronto sits at second with 157 home runs this season and New York ranks third with 152.
Toronto and New York both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Toronto sits at fourth with 8.82 hits per game and New York ranks fifth with 8.78.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Toronto has an OPS of .778 this season. New York ranks fifth with an OPS of .756.
The Yankees are 31-39 when they allow at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 35-37 record.