The Yankees and Blue Jays clash for the first time this season
- Updated: May 16, 2012
Money Line: New York +105 Toronto -115
Total Line: 8.5
The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays will look to squeeze-in a quick two-game AL East division set before the start of inter-league play this Friday. Wednesday night’s Game 1 is set for a 7:07 p.m. (ET) start from the Rogers Centre and it will be available on MLB.TV.
New York wraps-up a two game series in Baltimore on Tuesday after beating the Orioles 8-5 on Monday night as a 115 road favorite behind Ivan Nova. The Yankees are now just a game and a half behind both Baltimore and Tampa Bay for the lead in the AL East with an overall record of 20-15. They are 11-8 at home and 9-7 on the road. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 19 of their 35 games this year.
Hiroki Kuroda will get the start for New York in this one. Overall, the first-year Yankee has been respectable with a 3-4 record and 3.56 ERA, but has struggled on the road with a 0-3 start and ERA of 4.32 while throwing as many strike outs as walks (nine).
Toronto is in the midst of a two-game set with Tampa Bay and coming off a 7-1 pasting in Game 1 to fall back to 19-17 on the year and three games out of first in the division. The Blue Jays are over .500 at 11-9 on the road but an even 8-8 at home this year. The total has stayed ‘under’ in four of their last six games and is 17-17-2 overall.
The Blue Jays are ranked fifth in the AL in scoring with a 165 runs and fifth in team ERA at 3.75. They will go with Kyle Drabek as their starter against New York. The right-hander is 2-4 with a 3.66 ERA on the year but coming off a rough start against Minnesota his last time out. He gave-up three runs and walked four in the losing effort. He is 0-2 against the Yankees with an ERA of 6.89.
The Yankees are 7-1 in their last eight series openers and 9-3 in their last 12 division games. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 11 of their last 15 games.
The Blue Jays are 0-6 in their last six AL East games and 2-5 in their last seven series openers. The total has stayed ‘under’ in four of their last six games.
This will be the first series between the two this season but New York is 6-2 in the last eight meetings and the total has stayed ‘under’ in four of the last six games in Toronto.
Along with the strong trends for the ‘under’ stuck with the Yankees to grind-out a win on Wednesday night behind Kuroda’s first solid performance on the road. New York 4 Tampa Bay 2
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