CC Sabathia (3-2, 3.41 ERA) and J.A. Happ (5-2, 3.43 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (22-23) and the Toronto Blue Jays (23-25) at Yankee Stadium. The Blue Jays won the last game 8-4, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 26 and can be seen on RSN and YES.
Sabathia pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking one in an 8-3 win over the Athletics. Happ went 7.1 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking three in a 5-3 defeat to the Twins in his last outing. Michael Saunders (.312, 24 Rs, 9 HRs, 17 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for New York and Toronto are Blue Jays -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 3-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
The Yankees are 7-10 against their divisional rivals, while the Blue Jays are 11-14 against their division.
The Yankees managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are coming in with a 12-15 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 4-20. The Blue Jays have a 4-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 18th in home runs, New York has hit 46 this season. Toronto ranks sixth with 61 home runs.
New York and Toronto both rank near the bottom of the league in hits. New York sits at 22nd with 7.96 hits per game and Toronto ranks 23rd with 7.88.
Ranking 23rd, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.695). Toronto ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .718.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 12-18. When the Yankees allow one or more homers, they have a 13-18 record.