R.A. Dickey (0-3, 5.23 ERA) and Chase Whitley (1-0, 1.80 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (12-14) and the New York Yankees (16-9) at the Rogers Centre. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 4 and can be seen on YES and RSN.
Dickey is 6-3 with a 2.55 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 64 strikeouts against the Yankees. Devon Travis (.318, 20 Rs, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and four RBIs. Against the Blue Jays, Whitley is 1-1 with a 13.00 ERA, 2.78 WHIP, and five strikeouts. Brett Gardner (.320, 17 Rs, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Yankees, going 2 for 6 yesterday with two runs, one home run, three RBIs, and two stolen bases.
Toronto is a slim -115 favorite at home against New York. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently nine runs. The Blue Jays have an overall money line of -314 and a record as the favorite of 6-5. Toronto is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 3-7 SU record in its last ten outings. The Blue Jays are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 32.
In the other locker room, New York is coming in with an overall money line of +582 and an impressive record of 8-4 as the dog. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have an 8-2 SU record over the same span. Offensively, they average five runs per game on the road, which is fourth in the AL. The Yankees have a dynamic offense, ranking fifth in the league with 86 extra base hits. New York is excellent at drawing walks with 3.7 per game, ranking third in the AL.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 2-1. The Blue Jays have a 9-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Whitley takes the mound. Dickey (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 10-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Yankees sit at 11-7 against their divisional rivals, while the Blue Jays are 9-10.
The Blue Jays are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Yankees are 0-2 in such matchups.
The Yankees managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 6-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 10-1. The Yankees have a 10-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 144 this season. New York ranks sixth with 124 runs.
Toronto and New York both rank in the top five of the league in walks. Toronto sits at fourth with 89 this season and New York ranks third with 92.
The Blue Jays are 10-6 when they hit at least one home run. The Yankees perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 12-8 record.