This game could be low scoring as J.A. Happ (6-2, 3.20 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (27-26) meet CC Sabathia (3-3, 2.83 ERA) and the New York Yankees (24-26) in the second of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 4-2, and Toronto leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 31 and will air on RSN and YES.
In his most recent outing, Happ pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking three in a 3-1 victory over the Yankees. Josh Donaldson (.256, 40 Rs, 13 HRs, 29 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Yankees were unsuccessful against the Blue Jays 3-1 the last time Sabathia pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs (two unearned), striking out seven and walking one. Carlos Beltran (.264, 27 Rs, 12 HRs, 31 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Blue Jays -155 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 9 at the moment.
The Blue Jays had the upper hand against the Yankees in their previous seven games this season, earning a 5-2 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
This season, the Blue Jays hold an even 15-15 record against AL East teams. The Yankees sit at 9-13 against these opponents.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Blue Jays need to step it up. The Yankees have a record of 16-9 when opponents get eight hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 5-23. The Blue Jays have a 5-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, New York has hit 52 this season. Toronto ranks sixth with 68 home runs.
Toronto and New York both rank near the bottom of the league in hits. Toronto sits at 21st with 8.04 hits per game and New York ranks 27th with 7.68.
Ranking 27th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.680). Toronto ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .727.
The Yankees are 14-20 when they allow at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 15-18 record.