If one wants to be sarcastic about it, they could congratulate the New York Yankees on at least having one healthy starting pitcher at the moment. And they will send him to the mound on Friday night in an effort to gain a leg up in the playoff race and inch closer to the lead in their division, as they play host to the Toronto Blue Jays in baseball betting action that is set to begin at 7:05 PM ET at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The Yankees, as most people know, have lost the services of CC Sabathia Ivan Nova, Masahiro Tanaka, and for the time being, Michael Pineda, fueling speculation that they will be in the trade market in the next six days. On Friday they will hand the ball to Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 3.88 ERA), the veteran right-hander who will go up against southpaw Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.86 ERA) of the Blue Jays on a night when it is expected to be cool in the Big Apple.
These teams are about as close as any to clubs can possibly get in the standings. The Yankees are 53-48, while the Blue Jays are 54-49. Both of them are three games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East, and the Yankees are just one percentage point ahead. Both of them have won three games in a row coming into this weekend series. There is also plenty of significance to this encounter when it comes to the AL wild-card race. Inasmuch as the Seattle Mariners have now lost three straight, Toronto and New York are now in a virtual tie for the second wild-card spot in the junior circuit.
New York Yankees (Kuroda - R) -127
Toronto Blue Jays (Buehrle - L) +117
Over 8 Runs -125
Under 8 Runs +105
These clubs are really on the upswing coming into this ballgame. The Yankees have won six of their last seven contests, sweeping Cincinnati and taking three out of four against the Texas Rangers. Toronto recently took two out of three against Texas and three out of four against the Boston Red Sox. No team in the last 10 games has scored more than four runs against the Yankees' pitching staff, and that is quite amazing, considering how much manpower they lost. Does this construct an argument for Joe Girardi to be the manager of the year? We most certainly think so. And VietBet customers would probably have to agree.
Kuroda has been pretty solid over his last two starts, giving up two runs in 13-2/3 innings. His overall ERA may be more than one run higher than that of Buehrle, but interestingly enough, his WIDTH ratio is lower, at 1.19, compared to Buehrle's 1.30. Last time out, Kuroda held Cincinnati scoreless over 6-2/3 innings, giving up just three hits, in a game where he outdueled National League Cy Young Award candidate Johnny Cueto.
Buehrle got moved around pretty good in his last start against Texas, even though Toronto won by a score of 9-6. He gave up five runs in six innings, allowing 11 batters to reach base. In his previous outing against the Yankees, which took place on June 24, he allowed two home runs in four runs overall before leaving with one out left in the seventh inning. The day after that, Kuroda went 6 1/3 innings against Toronto, allowing three runs in a 5-3 Yankee victory.
As far as trends in the MLB odds are concerned, Toronto has played four of its last five games over the total, although they did register and 8-0 shut out over the Red Sox on Thursday (which was a "push"). Maybe the way for VietBet patrons to look in this game, however, is "under," as that is the way it has been in nine of the last 10 games for the Yankees. Of course, great bullpen work from people like David Robertson and Dellin Betances has helped quite a bit, and they will have to continue like that to keep New York in the playoff race, in addition to the possible acquisition of a big arm like David Price or (if he gives some signs of encouragement) Cliff Lee.
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