Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 4.44 ERA) and the New York Yankees (21-22) meet R.A. Dickey (2-5, 4.50 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (22-24) in the first of a three-game division series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees go into this series looking to continue a five-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 24 and will air on YES and RSN1.
In his most recent outing, Eovaldi pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out five in a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. Carlos Beltran (.274, 22 Rs, 9 HRs, 27 RBIs) continued his strong season Sunday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Blue Jays were unsuccessful the last time Dickey pitched. He struggled, going 6.0 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking one in a 6-3 loss to the Rays. Michael Saunders (.322, 23 Rs, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 3 Sunday with one run.
The Yankees are a -130 favorite and the total is 8.
Pick - NYY
The Yankees are 6-9 against their divisional rivals, while the Blue Jays are 10-13 against their division.
When leading after seven innings, New York is 12-10, while Toronto is 6-11.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Yankees have a 6-11 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 16-6. The Yankees have a 16-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, New York is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 168 this season. Toronto ranks in the top half with 186.
Ranking 24th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). Toronto ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .720.
The Blue Jays are 11-17 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Yankees are 13-17 when they allow at least one homer.