The New York Yankees came close, but the Blue Jays were able to fend off a furious rally. The Yanks came close, pulling within a run, but the Yanks weren’t able to complete the comeback in an 8-7 loss. The Yankees’ issues came up again in a game they didn’t get solid pitching. In the postseason, that kind of pitching isn’t going to work out well. The Yankees will look for a bounce back performance behind Lance Lynn this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees fell to 91-57 on the year with the loss on Saturday. Capturing the American League East is an afterthought right now with the Red Sox closing in on capping the division. The Yankees’ attention is diverted to the Oakland Athletics, who are knocking on the door behind them. It’s a shoo-in for both to reach as a wildcard, but homefield still hasn’t been settled.
The Athletics are a game behind the Yankees for homefield in the Wild Card Game. They are still hanging in there, but it’s going to be difficult to catch the Astros in the NL West. Just a few months ago this all looked like a pipedream for the A’s. The Mariners had a stranglehold on a wildcard, but they’ve reversed positions. Close but not good enough for the Mariners, yet again.
The Robinson Cano signing has been going to waste in Seattle, which they believed was going to be the final piece to give them an extra push. Oakland traded their ace, yet they are looking at going to the postseason. The Blue Jays are just playing for pride now and will look for some solid production out of rookie Thomas Pannone this afternoon. Pannone will be making the fourth start of his career in this one. The Yanks will counter with Lance Lynn. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Yankees pick.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. N.Y. Yankees Pick
Thomas Pannone (2-1, 4.12 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (9-10, 5.01 ERA)
Don’t get Thomas Pannone that these games are meaningless for the Blue Jays. He’s hoping to impress management and get a promotion to the starting rotation for next season. A youth moment is going to takeover in Toronto soon, and Pannone hopes to a part of that. Pannone has looked like a rookie thus far, with some good and bad moments. He’s made some appearances out of the bullpen and made some spot starts. His time on the road hasn’t been so pleasant.
Pannone has gotten hammered for a 7.88 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. A poor outing in which he gave up 7 runs to the Orioles did him in. He takes on a Yankees’ offense that have put up 18 runs the last two days. The bats were hot despite the pitching falling flat for the Yankees. Aaron Judge returned off the DL, but he is just taking the field and hasn’t returned to take pitches at the plate. He has been taking batting practice, so his return is immanent, though. They will need him playing at full-speed in the postseason.
Lance Lynn has had a tough time against this Blue Jays lineup. The Jays are hitting .351 with a .425 OBP against Lynn in 77 at-bats. Kendrys Morales has teed off on Lynn with 2 long balls and 6 RBI’s on 5-of-6 hitting. In all, the Blue Jays have 5 home runs vs Lynn in those 77 appearances at the plate. The Yankees have been killing the ball, though, so even if he has an iffy start, the offense should be able to carry the load against Pannone. Lynn enters with an ERA of 6.46 in his previous three outings. He started out well in his career with the Yankees, but he’s been showing why the Twins traded him lately. For the baseball diehards who don’t care about betting on the NFL, the OVER looks like a quality play at Yankee Stadium early Sunday.