MLB Preview – New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays
- Updated: July 14, 2011
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The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays get back to work on Thursday night after this week’s All-Star break in the first of a four-game series at the Rogers Centre. The game is scheduled for a 7:07 p.m. (ET) start and it will be broadcast on the MLB Network.
New York bounced back from a series loss to Cleveland last week to take three of four from Tampa Bay over the weekend to enter the break just one game in back of Boston in the AL East. The Yankees have overall record of 53-35 and are 30-19 at home and 23-16 on the road.
The powerful New York lineup was dealt a blow when Alex Rodriguez went down with a knee injury last week, but there are still plenty of bats to fill the void on a team that is averaging over five runs a game. Bartolo Colon is scheduled to be on the mound for the Yankees on Thursday night. He has been solid this season with a 6-4 record and 3.20 ERA, but is coming off one of his worst outings of the year; giving five earned runs on 10 hits in a loss to Tampa Bay. Lifetime against the Blue Jays, Colon is 8-3 with an ERA of 3.41.
Toronto rode a three-game winning streak into the break, but has some serious work to do to try and make up some ground in the competitive East. The Blue Jays are 45-47 this year and 11 games behind the Red Sox in the division. They are 26-25 on the road, but are just 19-22 at home this year.
The big news for Toronto this season revolves around Jose Bautista. He is lighting things up once again with a league-high 31 home runs, 65 RBI, and a .335 batting average. This high level of production has helped his team score 426 runs this year, which is the fourth-most in the AL.
Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes is slated to get the start for the Blue Jays. He is 4-7 with an ERA of 4.57 in 18 previous starts but was able to get the win against Cleveland his last time out; giving up no earned runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched.
Head-to-head this season, the Yankees have a 5-3 edge overall, but the series is tied 1-1 at the Rogers Centre. The total is 4-3-1 in the eight meetings, but has gone ‘over’ in the last three.
Stick with the Yankees in the series opener, as they pound out enough runs to get the win in a game that once again goes ‘over’ the total.