CC Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 ERA) and Daniel Norris (0-0, 5.40 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (1-1) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1-1) at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 4-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on RSN and YES.
Sabathia is 15-4 with a 3.13 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 130 strikeouts against the Blue Jays. Jacoby Ellsbury (.333 ) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 2 with two runs and one stolen base. When pitching against the Yankees, Norris is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, and one strike out. Devon Travis (.500 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
New York is a -140 favorite against Toronto and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. New York's batters do not strike out very often, with only 5.0 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Yankees, who lead the AL in strikeouts per game with 12.0.
Offensively, they average 6.0 runs per game, which is good for third in the AL. The Blue Jays are an excellent base stealing team with two stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. Toronto's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 1.00 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Blue Jays are the best in the AL with an average of 3.0 hits allowed per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
The Yankees and the Blue Jays square off with both holding split records of 1-1 against AL East teams.
New York recorded at least two errors for the first time this season.
After a weak showing last week where they got in seven hits, the Yankees need to step it up. The Blue Jays have a record of 1-1 when opponents get seven hits or fewer.
Ranking 14th in home runs, New York has hit one this season. Toronto ranks fifth with two home runs.
Ranking 13th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 3.00 per game. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 6.00.
Ranking 16th, New York is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.557). Toronto ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .583.
The Blue Jays are 1-0 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Yankees are 0-1 when they allow at least one homer.