Game two of this AL East series sees the Yankees (76-75, 39-37 home) and Blue Jays (84-67, 43-33 away) facing off at Yankee Stadium. The starting pitcher for the Yankees will be Michael King, while the Blue Jays are turning to Kevin Gausman. Find out who I like to win in this New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays showdown.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS VS NEW YORK YANKEES BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Yankees -101
This game will be played at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 ET on Wednesday, September 20th.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK YANKEES:
- In their previous five games, the Yankees have a record of 3-2.
- The Yankees have gone 3-2 in their five games at home.
- Kevin Gausman has struggled of late, coming in with an ERA of 5.20 over his last five starts.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS LOOK TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
For the season, the Blue Jays have an overall record of 84-67, placing them 3rd in the AL East. Against other AL East opponents, they are 16-25 along with going 41-34 and 43-33 at home and on the road, respectively. So far, they have played a total of 47 series, going 27-18-2.
Kevin Gausman has made 30 appearances in the 2023 season, posting an 11-9 record and a 3.40 ERA. His opponents have had a .230 batting average against him, while on the road he is 6-5 with a 4.40 ERA and 5-4 at home with an ERA of 3.77. Teams have managed to slug at just .376 against Gausman this year.
Kevin Gausman was handed the loss in his last start against the Rangers, as he allowed four runs on six hits in the Blue Jays’ 9-2 defeat.
In their five most recent games, the Blue Jays have put together a batting average of only .190, placing them 28th compared to the rest of the league. At 4.5 runs per game, Toronto is 16th in the MLB. This figure has come on a team batting average of .257 and OPS of .746 which has them 11th in baseball.
Over the Blue Jays’ last ten contests, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been the leader in home runs, with three to his name. His season-long total now stands at 24 long balls, while his overall batting average is .264.
WILL THE NEW YORK YANKEES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
New York’s overall record currently stands at 76-75, placing them 4th in the AL East. The Yankees will look to extend their current series winning streak to 49 and have an overall series record of 21-20-7. At home, New York is 39-37 and 37-38 on the road.
Michael King will take the mound for the Yankees with a 4-6 record. The right-hander has made 46 appearances this season, with an ERA of 2.77 and a batting average allowed of .224. He has struck out 108 batters while allowing 27 walks, resulting in a WHIP of 1.15 and SLG allowed of .335.
Michael King’s most recent start was not a success, as he allowed one earned run and six hits over 4 2/3 innings in a 5-0 loss to the Red Sox. The Yankees were unable to capitalize on the right-hander’s performance, leaving his record for the 2023 season at 0-2.
This season, the Yankees are 24th in the league at 4.2 runs per game. Over their last five games, they have a combined batting average of .238 (18th) leading to 4.8 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.4 walks per game compared to 8 strikeouts. New York’s on-base percentage of .303 has them 19th in the MLB.
Gleyber Torres has been a key contributor to the New York offense this season, boasting a .272 batting average and .462 slugging percentage. During the team’s last ten games, Torres has been a standout performer, leading the Yankees in hits and maintaining his .272 average.