We have just four games on the Major League Baseball schedule for Wednesday night, with the vast majority of the action taking place in the afternoon. The most compelling matchup of the evening will go down in the Bronx, where the Toronto Blue Jays will once again take on the New York Yankees.
Gerrit Cole will get the ball for the Yankees, while Jose Berrios goes for Toronto.
Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto is one of the trendy bets to win it all this fall. The Blue Jays haven’t won a World Series title since winning consecutive championships in the early 1990s, but this year’s team is absolutely stacked with talent. This offseason alone, Toronto added the likes of Matt Chapman, Kevin Gausman, and Yusei Kikuchi to what was already an impressive and young core of talent.
Berrios, the Jays’ big trade deadline pickup last summer, will take another turn tonight. For Berrios’ sake, here’s hoping his second start of 2022 goes better than his first.
Berrios recorded just one out last Friday night at home against Texas. The right-hander surrendered four runs on three hits with a pair of walks in just 0.1 innings of work. However, the Blue Jays stormed back from an early 7-0 deficit to ultimately win the game despite Berrios’ nightmarish outing.
Berrios went 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA across two outings against the Yankees last season. That includes an excellent eight-strikeout performance at Yankee Stadium in a victory last September.
New York Yankees
Expectations are high for the Yankees this season, but that’s nothing new. Still, baseball’s marquee franchise hasn’t won a World Series since 2009, which is quite a drought for a team with 27 titles all-time. New York has made some deep playoff runs in recent years, but they haven’t even advanced to the Fall Classic since winning it over a decade ago.
The Yankees signed Cole to the biggest pitching contract in MLB history a couple of years ago in an attempt to right that wrong. While Cole has enjoyed a solid first two seasons in New York, it’s also fair to say he hasn’t quite lived up to the massive expectations laid before him. If they had a do-over, it’s worth wondering whether the Yankees would still do that same deal if they knew what they do now.
Last Friday against the Red Sox, Cole surrendered four runs on three hits in just four innings of work. As was the case with Berrios, however, he was ultimately bailed out by his offense as the Yankees stormed back to win the game in dramatic fashion. Still, Cole only had three strikeouts in that one and served up all three of those runs in the top of the first inning.
His matchup tonight against the Blue Jays won’t be any easier. That said, he did fare well against Toronto a season ago. Cole went 2-1 in five starts vs. the Blue Jays with a passable 3.72 ERA.
So far this season, both the Yankees and Blue Jays come into this one at 2-3 on the runline.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees MLB Game Pick
As indicated by the low over/under, oddsmakers are expecting a pitcher’s duel in this one. The total of eight runs for this game is easily the lowest on baseball’s Wednesday evening slate.
I do think both pitchers bounce back in a way tonight, but I’m not convinced Toronto should be such a big underdog on the road. The Blue Jays may well be the better team top-to-bottom, and I think they have enough offensive talent to get to Cole in this one. Take a flier on the Blue Jays’ +148 moneyline odds on Wednesday night.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees Betting Recap
- Moneyline: Blue Jays +148, Yankees -160
- Runline: Blue Jays +1.5 (-143), Yankees -1.5 (+123)
- Over/Under: Over 8 runs (-110), Under 8 runs (-110)
- Pick: Toronto Blue Jays (+148)