Matchup: Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
Date/Time: April 25, 2013 7:05 PM ET
Television: MLB Network
MLB Betting Odds from Sportsbook.AG
Probable Starters: TOR - Mark Buehrle (L) vs NYY - Hiroki Kuroda (R)
Moneyline: Yankees -144
The injury-riddled Yankees will try and continue their surprising start when they host the disappointing Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a four-game series. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET at Yankee Stadium with Hiroki Kuroda going for New York and Mark Buehrle throwing them down for the Blue Jays. The Yanks are -141 on the moneyline with the Jays priced at +130. The total is 8.5.
After suffering back-to-back losses at Baltimore, Toronto (9-13) rebounded to win Wednesday's series finale 6-5 in 11 innings. The Jays hit four homers with Rajai Davis, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and J.P. Arencibia all going deep. Ironically, it was Maicer Izturis’ bases loaded walk that proved to be the margin of victory.
The Yankees dropped their Wednesday matchup falling 3-0 to Tampa Bay. Alex Cobb twirled 8 .1 innings to outduel Andy Pettitte. New York is now 3-13 in its last 16 visit to Tampa Bay.
Money for Nothing
The busiest offseason in franchise history hasn’t helped the Blue Jays much as least at the outset. Jose Reyes is out for at least three months with a severe ankle sprain while RA Dickey, Josh Johnson, and Mark Buehrle have struggled in the early going, especially Dickey. Buehrle will get the nod in tonight’s series opener against the Yankees, and despite his 1-0 record, he’s got a sky high 5.87 ERA. The veteran lefthander appears to be on the right track after allowing 11 combined runs in his first two starts. However, he is 1-8 in 13 career starts against the Yankees while compiling a 6.03 ERA.
Offensively the Blue Jays offense continues to struggle with the big bats of Edwin Encarnacion (.210) and Jose Bautista (.190). Toronto has received significant production from catcher J.P. Arencibia who leads the majors with eight homers and is tops on the Blue Jays with a .268 BA and 15 runs batted in. As a team, the Blue Jays are 29th in the majors with a .225 BA.
Considering the Circumstances
The Yankees (11-9) will counter with Hiroki Kuroda, who has gotten off to a strong start going 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Kuroda allowed just one earned run over 7.1 innings of work while striking out seven in 5-3 win over the Blue Jays last weekend, but the bullpen gave up a couple of late runs that cost him the decision. Offensively the Yankees rank in the top 10 in hitting despite being without Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees are hitting .257 (9th), and have scored an average of 4.65 runs per game (9th).
New York has been a solid bet early on, earning +3.21 on the moneyline and a small +50 on the runline. Meanwhile, Toronto much to no one’s great surprise is down significantly on the moneyline (-671) and runline (-434.)