Masahiro Tanaka (11-4, 3.12 ERA) and R.A. Dickey (9-13, 4.43 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (70-65) and the Toronto Blue Jays (77-59) at Yankee Stadium. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on RSN and YES.
Tanaka pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs and striking out four in a 5-4 win over the Royals. Carlos Beltran (.296, 65 Rs, 26 HRs, 81 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Dickey went 6.0 innings, surrendering five runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking three in a 9-6 win over the Twins in his last outing. Edwin Encarnacion (.264, 85 Rs, 36 HRs, 108 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The Yankees hold a 22-30 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Blue Jays' record in these matchups is 32-25.
The Yankees managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are coming in with a 43-31 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 9-46. The Yankees have a 12-54 record when opponents outhit them.
New York ranks in the bottom half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 148 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 197.
Ranking 21st, New York is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 389 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 509.
The Yankees are 52-33 when they hit at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 69-34 record.