In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, R.A. Dickey (8-12, 4.61 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (67-51) are in New York to square off against Chad Green (1-2, 4.94 ERA) and the Yankees (60-57). This is the first of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 15 and can be seen on RSN and YES.
Green pitched 3.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking four in a 9-5 win over the Mets. Didi Gregorius (.288, 50 Rs, 15 HRs, 52 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Dickey went 4.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking three in a 7-5 win over the Rays in his most recent start. Edwin Encarnacion (.271, 74 Rs, 33 HRs, 97 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
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 18-24 SU. The Yankees have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.8 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.2 runs per game. New York's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 3.9 against fellow AL East members, compared to its 4.3 season average. The Yankees are the third-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.4 hits per game so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Yankees, who lead the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.7.
The Blue Jays are 27-21 against AL East opponents. The Blue Jays have a dynamic offense, ranking fifth in the league with 389 extra base hits. Shifting to the pitching staff and defense, the Blue Jays allow just 4.1 runs per game, ranking them second in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Blue Jays are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.215 for the season.
The Blue Jays have controlled the season series, 7-2. The Yankees have a 43-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Dickey takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
The Yankees hold an 18-25 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Blue Jays' record in these matchups is 27-21.
Toronto has won 52% (26-24) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 54% (34-29) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Yankees have a 4-6 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Yankees are 45-8. The Blue Jays have a 53-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, New York has earned 487 this season. Toronto ranks sixth with 567 runs.
Ranking 23rd, New York is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 332 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 445.
The Yankees are 44-30 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 59-30 when they hit at least one homer.