Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 5.76 ERA) vs. Hyun Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.51 ERA)
A season filled with so much promise for the New York Yankees has turned into a team trying to survive. They are limping towards the end of the regular season without several key contributors. All of the attention has been on the loss of Aaron Judge, and that’s their most important injury, but others like Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Ursherla, Luis Severino, and James Paxton also aren’t playing right now. No Stanton and Judge removes the most dangerous bats out of the lineup.
If the Yankees get healthier just before the postseason and reach it as a bottom seed, a higher seed would receive the worst “reward” possible for playing well in the regular season. They’d have to deal with the Yankees early on in the postseason instead of later on. Stanton and Judge are both expected back before October, though there is no clear timetable. The Yankees are currently 21-19 on the season and clinging to the final wildcard in the American League.
In a shortened season certainly anything can happen. We started this season with that disclaimer, but I don’t believe people thought the Yankees would struggle to get into the postseason. That said, considering how hard the injury bug has hit the Yankees over the past few years, it can’t be that surprising they’re dealing with more injuries to key players. Aaron Judge’s injury history has to be the biggest concern in the Bronx.
The Blue Jays are a game up on the Yankees with a record of 22-18. They have played two more games than the Yankees, so that’s part of it. The Yanks are coming off a 5-1 loss against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, while the Blue Jays were 10-8 winners against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Blue Jays scored 6 5th inning runs to help take control of the contest.
It was a poor outing for newly acquired Robbie Ray, but the offense gave him a big hand. The Blue Jays will go from the back of the rotation to the front, as Hyun Jin Ryu will get the call in Buffalo. Jordan Montgomery is expected to get the nod for the Yankees. Head below for our free New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays pick for September 7, 2020.
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The cupboard isn’t completely bare for the Yankees, but it’s certainly not full. The Yankees were hoping for a breakout season from Jordan Montgomery this season. That hasn’t come to fruition, though, which magnifies the absence of Luis Severino even more.
Montgomery has been pitching like a borderline back of the rotation hurler in 2020. He goes into Buffalo with an ERA of 5.76 and 1.28 WHIP. Montgomery is coming off the shortest start of his major league career against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Montgomery recorded only 2 outs before getting pulled. He gave up 5 hits and 4 earned runs before having to exit. Montgomery was in better form against the Mets on August 28, as he went 5 innings with 2 earned runs surrendered. It’s just been really hit and miss for him this season.
It hasn’t been the breakout campaign that many were hoping for when it comes to this 27-year-old, who is in his second season as a full-time pitcher. After posting an ERA of 3.88 as a rookie across 29 starts in 2017, Montgomery was limited to seven starts between 2018 and 2019.
He has a tall order on his hands today with Ryu getting the start for the Blue Jays. Ryu has been on fire since early August, with 1 earned run or none conceded in six games. This is the guy that the Blue Jays shelled out big money for, and he’s rewarding his employer with a terrific season thus far.
Ryu has an ERA of 2.51 and 1.09 WHIP going into Monday. In his previous three outings, Ryu has recorded a 1.59 ERA and 1.12 WHIP through 17 innings of play. He’s struggled against the Yanks in the past, but this isn’t the same team with all of their injuries. The Blue Jays likely have the edge in this one with Ryu outperforming Montgomery in Buffalo on Labor Day.