Mega, mammoth matchup, whatever you want to call it series starts tonight. I know football season just started last night and everyone is in a football kind of mood. However, the Blue Jays and Yankees at Yankee Stadium is very well worth your attention. Even if you’re not a Blue Jays or Yankees fan, this is one of the most important series to date yet. The Jays and Yankees are separated by only 1.5 games in the AL East. Barring some epic kind of collapse, both teams will be in the postseason. But a division victory does put them in a much better position going into October. And of course, who doesn’t want to be known as division champions, something that would mean a whole lot to the city of Toronto. I have spoken on numerous occasions about how special the Blue Jays have been since the trade deadline.
The players they added, including Troy Tulowitzki and David Price are big pickups, but even more than that I think it rejuvenated everyone else on the Jays. Sort of a shout out by management that we want to win and win now. We’ve now witnessed how clutch the Blue Jays can be when they are backed by their organization. They have been clutch in big spots, yes, but this weekend and for the rest of the season is when we will see if they can keep it going with even more pressure on their backs. This weekend they are in a pressure cooker in New York at Yankee Stadium against the Yankees.
The Yankees have gotten a big hand from an unexpected guy this season, A-Rod made his much anticipated return and has been the catalyst to the Yankees’ big run this season. Rodriguez has smacked 30 homers this season, which makes for his 15th with at least 30 dingers in a season. His bat has provided the lift the Yankees have needed. But the postseason is coming up and we all know how big A-Rod can be in October – not. Get the pick below for this can’t miss series featuring the Blue Jays and Yankees in New York.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. N.Y. Yankees
David Price (14-5, 2.43 ERA) vs. Luis Severino (3-2, 2.04 ERA)
This just isn’t a big matchup because of the teams involved, but Friday night features one heck of a pitching matchup as well. David Price has given the Blue Jays what they long sought after: an ace. He’s fit right in Toronto, continuing right off where he left off in Detroit. Unlike Detroit though, Price is going to have the chance to win a World Series. Price enters with a 2.43 ERA tonight and has a 2.70 ERA in his last three starts. He hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in any of his last ten starts. Price is probably going to be a rental for the Blue Jays, but if he takes them far then they’ll get their money worth out of him. There is a slight problem with him in this game, however. He has a career 4.21 ERA and 1.33 WHIP against the Yankees, which isn’t all that encouraging for him tonight.
You’ve, I imagine, all heard of David Price. Luis Severino? Er, well, if you are a Yankees fan you are well aware of what he’s brought to the table his last month with the team. Severino made the jump from the minors to the majors with little troubles in his first season in New York. Made evident by his 2.04 ERA, Severino has been playing great for the Yankees. This was a much needed addition considering the struggles CC Sabathia has been having this season. Severino hasn’t allowed more than 1 run per game at Yankee Stadium. He has a 1.56 ERA at home with a 1.10 WHIP. The Jays took Severino for 3 runs in his first start against them. I think the Yankees should be slight favorites in this game, not underdogs. I’m all about finding value, which I think we get with the Yanks tonight at home. The Blue Jays aren’t going to leave New York empty handed without a win, but I don’t think a win comes tonight in the opener of the series at Yankee Stadium. It’s going to be a good game regardless of the outcome.
PICK: YANKEES TO WIN +107