Chase Anderson (0-1, 5.81 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (2-2, 3.16 ERA)
The Toronto Blue Jays will look for some relief on Thursday against the New York Yankees. They’ll be looking to avoid a sweep after getting KO’d the last two days. Thankfully for the Blue Jays runs won’t be carried over in this series. They are down 33-8 in their first two meetings against the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium.
It was another beatdown on Wednesday following a 20-6 drubbing Tuesday. Gerrit Cole pitched a sharp game and received plenty of run support to lead the Yankees to a 13-2 win. He conceded 3 hits and 1 earned run across 7 innings of work. The Blue Jays finally broke through in the 6th inning after Cole had them completely foiled for the first half of the game.
Cole had plenty of run support to work with, and they didn’t even need Aaron Judge to do anything in his return. Judge went 0-for-4 at the dish in his much anticipated return to the field. DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit, and Kyle Higashioka went wild with 11 RBI between the three of them. Higashioka was the bigger winner with 5 RBI on 3-for-4 hitting at the plate. He went deep three times for a home run hat-trick.
The Tampa Bay Rays have to at least be a little bit concerned now. Their greatest friend right now is time. We’re closing in on the final week of the regular season, so the Yankees will have to overcome a three-game deficit in just over a week. Both teams are going to the postseason regardless, but it will be important for seeding in October.
It would nevertheless be some nice momentum for the Yankees if they do erase the Rays’ lead to win the American League East. Conversely, that could be a momentum killer for the Rays if they allow their lead to evaporate. The Rays were 4-2 losers against the Washington Nationals at the Trop yesterday. Masahiro Tanaka will get the call for a sweep opportunity on Thursday. Chase Anderson is expected to counter for the Jays. Head below for our free Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees pick for September 17, 2020.
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The Blue Jays have to find a way to get their offense working. Not only that, they’re also going to have to find a way to slow down the red-hit Yankees’ bats. After playing pretty useless baseball at the plate when they were injured, now that the Yankees are getting healthier, their mojo has returned with a vengeance. They’ve scored 33 runs over the last two days, and we could be in for another big offensive surge tonight.
Chase Anderson hopes to stop that and put the flames out, but it’s going to be a tough chore. Anderson heads into Thursday with an ERA of 5.81 and 1.56 WHIP. The Blue Jays acquired the former Milwaukee Brewer in the winter. I wouldn’t say that the deal has worked out for the Blue Jays, though. It’s been a struggle for Anderson with his new team recently. Anderson is coming off a couple of dreary performances against the Mets and Red Sox.
He conceded 13 hits and 10 earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. In his previous three assignments, Anderson has gotten punched in the mouth for a 8.49 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. His issues on the road have been well-documented this season, as he arrives on the hill with a 9.00 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, and .400 OBA as a visitor in 2020. I’m not so sure that a trip to Yankee Stadium is going to help him out much. The Yankees are heating up and likely don’t slow down for Anderson.
You never really know what you’re going to get from Tanaka from year-to-year, but he seems to be liking this shortened campaign in 2020. Tanaka posted an ERA of 4.45 and 1.24 WHIP in 31 starts last season. He’s going into Thursday with a strong ERA of 3.16 and 1.03 WHIP through eight starts and 37 innings. In his last three tilts, Tanaka has been on course with a 2.76 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. The Jays are hitting .209 versus Tanaka in 97 at-bats. This doesn’t look like another double-digit blowout, but I could see another comfortable win for the Yanks.