Ivan Nova (4-3, 3.10 ERA) and the New York Yankees (61-47) take on David Price (10-4, 2.45 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (59-52) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Blue Jays won the last game 2-1, continuing a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and can be seen on YES and RSN.
Nova pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 12-3 win over the White Sox. Mark Teixeira (.268, 55 Rs, 30 HRs, 77 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Price went 8.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out 11 and walking two in a 5-1 win over the Twins in his most recent start. Jose Bautista (.237, 70 Rs, 25 HRs, 77 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
Toronto takes on New York as a -130 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Yankees have an overall money line of +339 and a record as the underdog of 23-22. New York is undefeated as the underdog (1-0) over its last ten and has a record of 5-5 SU. The Yankees have no trouble scoring as they rank second in the AL in home offense with 5.4 runs per game. The Yankees are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits at home with an impressive 9.3 per game.
In the other locker room, Toronto is coming in with an overall money line of +16 and an impressive record of 42-24 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with an 8-1 record, and a 9-1 record SU. Offensively, they average 5.3 runs per game, which is tops in the AL.
The Blue Jays have controlled the season series, 5-2. The Yankees have a great 9-5 record at home (21-12 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Price takes the mound. Nova (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 44-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Over
The Yankees hold a 26-19 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Blue Jays' record in these matchups is 24-21.
New York has won 48% (26-28) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Toronto has won 58% (30-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Yankees have a 20-27 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Yankees are 41-6. The Blue Jays have a 49-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Toronto tops the league in runs with 589 this season. New York ranks in the top five at second with 529.
Toronto tops the league in walks with 374 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fifth with 357.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 52-29, well-matched with the Blue Jays who are 53-28 when hitting one or more homers.