The Yankees (79-77, 37-38 away) travel to take on the Blue Jays (87-69, 41-34 home) in game one of this AL East matchup. Michael King is getting the start for the Yankees while Kevin Gausman is starting for the Blue Jays. See who I like to pick up the win in today’s New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays showdown at Rogers Centre.
NEW YORK YANKEES VS TORONTO BLUE JAYS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Yankees +134
This game will be played at Rogers Centre at 7:07 ET on Tuesday, September 26th.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK YANKEES:
- Over their last ten games on the road, New York has a straight-up record of 8-2.
- In their last ten games as the underdog, the Yankees have put together a record of 6-4.
- Michael King has done a good job at avoiding the long-ball of late, having not given up a home-run in each of his past three starts.
NEW YORK YANKEES LOOKING FOR UPSET AS ROAD UNDERDOGS
Currently, the Yankees are 4th in the AL East on an overall record of 79-77. Their season-long runline record is 76-80, which includes going 41-34 vs. the runline on the road. For the season, New York has won less than half of their series away from home (10-12). The Yankees’ over/under record this season comes in at 70-76.
Michael King has taken the mound 48 times in 2023, entering with a 4-7 record. On the road, he has posted a 2-3 mark and 2-4 at home, with respective ERA’s of 3.14 and 4.11. Across all appearances, opponents have managed a .221 batting average against him and a .328 slugging percentage. His overall ERA for the season stands at 2.66.
Michael King earned a quality start in his most recent outing against the Blue Jays, but the Yankees still fell 6-1. The right-hander allowed five hits and one earned run over seven innings of work.
Over their last five games, the Yankees are ranked 12th in the league in scoring at 4 runs per game. Their season-long scoring average of 4.2 per contest puts them 24th in baseball. In terms of on-base percentage, New York is 20th, with an OBP currently sitting at .304. The team’s collective batting average is .226 (23rd).
Gleyber Torres has been one of the Yankees’ most productive hitters this season. With a .272 batting average and 66 RBIs, he has been a key contributor to the team’s offense. Additionally, his 25 home runs have provided an impressive boost to the lineup.
WILL THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Blue Jays head into today’s game looking to build on their above .500 record at home (41-34). Their overall record of 87-69 has them placed 3rd in the AL East. Through 48 series, the Blue Jays are 29-17-2.
Toronto’s Kevin Gausman has had a successful season thus far, boasting an overall record of 12-9 and ERA of 3.29. He has been particularly impressive at home, with an ERA of 3.77, while his road ERA is 4.10. Gausman’s WHIP stands at 1.20 and he has held opposing teams to a batting average of .227, as well as a slugging percentage of .371.
Kevin Gausman earned a victory and a quality start in his last outing, guiding the team to a 6-1 triumph over the Yankees. He surrendered no runs and three hits in six innings of work.
This season, the Blue Jays are 15th in the league at 4.6 runs per game. Over their last five games, they have a combined batting average of .231 (16th) leading to 6 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.4 walks per game compared to 8 strikeouts. Toronto’s on-base percentage of .329 has them 6th in the MLB.
George Springer has been a key contributor to the Toronto offense this season, boasting a .258 batting average and .407 slugging percentage. Over the last ten games, he has been particularly impressive, leading the team in hits with a .271 batting average.