The New York Yankees made a statement yesterday with a big 11-6 win over the Blue Jays. It was their second in a row after they won a rain shortened 7-5 game Friday night. Marcus Stroman hit another pothole in the ground and is heading to the DL with a blister. The Yanks’ offense has exploded the last two days after pitiful outings against the Rays. They have to keep winning to keep their 3-game lead for homefield in the Wild Card Round.
The new picture looks like either the Athletics or Astros heading to Yankee Stadium. I wouldn’t want to play neither team, but I’d rather take my chances in a one-game format than a series. The Astros’ pitching over the course of a series could grind out the Yankees. Same for the Athletics who have the edge in that respect. The Yankees would have to probably throw the dice on Severino who hasn’t been automatic in 2018.
Just from a performance perspective, the Yankees would be best served by going with J.A. Happ. Happ will play his former team for the first time since getting traded to the Yankees. There weren’t any hard feelings between Happ and the Blue Jays, so this isn’t some revenge spot against the Jays for him. Toronto brought him back in 2016 after a bad year with the Mariners, where he was able to show he is still a quality pitcher. I imagine he would nevertheless want to show off against his former team. The Blue Jays will counter with rookie Ryan Borucki who has been serviceable. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Yankees pick Sunday afternoon in the Bronx.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. N.Y. Yankees Pick
Ryan Borucki (2-2, 3.29 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (13-6, 3.86 ERA)
Happ was pitching well for the Blue Jays before he made the switch to the Yankees. In his final two games in Toronto, Happ allowed only 1 run across 8.2 innings. He kept it going with his new team. Happ has posted an ERA of 1.89 and 0.74 WHIP since arriving in the Bronx. It’s just what the Yankees were looking for, and it’s especially big if they can get these kinds of results out of a cheaper pitcher.
They went the expensive route with Sonny Gray last season and it didn’t pan out at all. Note that all of his starts with the Yankees have come at home at Yankee Stadium. He hasn’t appeared to face any nerves or anxiety pitching in a big-time environment. Happ is generally a laidback even-keeled kind of guy, so it’s expected for him to be relaxed. He has held Blue Jays’ hitters to a .222 batting average in 45 at-bats. The Blue Jays are hitting .229 against lefties this season.
Ryan Borucki has shown some positive signs with the Blue Jays. The youth movement is going to takeover in Toronto soon, and Borucki hopes to be a part of that. Borucki enters with a solid ERA of 3.29, but he has allowed 4 runs in each of his last two starts. It could have been worse, but the Blue Jays got him out of danger just when he was unraveling. In 9 innings, Borucki has allowed 8 runs and 15 hits. He’s been better at home with a 2.52 ERA compared to a 4.00 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and .344 OBA on the road. The Yankees’ offense is feeling it right now and I think they keep it going against the rookie Sunday. Take a look at the Yankees to win by 2 or more over the Jays.