New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick – June 17

The MLB is set up with another action packed day of baseball on June 17. Sixteen games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win. This game will throw the first pitch at around 7:07 PM Eastern time.

New York has earned a record of 47-16 throughout this season, which has them in the top spot of the AL East. The Yankees have won seven games in a row and are 9-1 in their last ten. New York has a ten game lead on the division and will look to extend it with another win. I expect the Yankees to try and carry momentum into this one early.

The Blue Jays have put up a record of 37-26 so far on the season, which has them sitting in second place of the AL East. Toronto is coming off a loss in their last game, but have won four of their last seven. The Blue Jays are ten games back on the divisional lead and are two games up on the third seed. Toronto will look for a fast start at home in this one.

These two teams have been great throughout this season and will look for a big win on Friday night. The Yankees have been one of the hottest teams in the MLB as of late and will look to keep it going. Toronto will look to close the gap in the standings with a win at home. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
New York Yankees -1 ½ (+135) -112 Over 9 ½ (+100)
Toronto Blue Jays +1 ½ (-160) -108 Under 9 ½ (-120)


Team Data New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays
Overall Record 47-16 37-26
Away/ Home Record 18-9 20-12
Batting Average .246 .258
Batting Average Away/ Home .245 .268
ERA 2.78 3.69
ERA Away/ Home 3.16 4.03

Betting Trends

New York Yankees

  • 13-1 in June games
  • 7-1 when playing on Friday
  • 22-10 against divisional opponents
  • 32-10 in night games
  • 30-11 against right handers
  • 35-12 after a win
  • 20-5 after three or more straight wins
  • 19-6 against team with a winning record

Toronto Blue Jays

  • 9-6 in June
  • 6-3 when playing on Friday
  • 11-12 against divisional opponents
  • 24-15 in night games
  • 7-6 against left handed starters
  • 3-0 after allowing 10 or more runs
  • 19-7 after a loss
  • 15-10 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up nine times throughout this season. The first four games were in New York early in the season. Each team won two games in that four game set. The next three games were in Toronto, where the Yankees went 2-1. The most recent two games were in New York as well and the Yankees won both to go up 6-3 in the season series.


The Yankees have been solid at the plate throughout this season. New York has a batting average of .246, which is 13th in the league. The Yankees have a .324 OBP, which is 4th in the MLB. New York has posted an OPS of .759, which is 2nd in the league on the season. The Yankees have a .249 BA against righties.

Toronto has been strong hitting the ball on the season. The Blue Jays have a .258 batting average, which is 2nd in the MLB. Toronto has earned an on base percentage of .325, which is 3rd in the league. The Blue Jays have put up a .755 OPS, which is also 3rd in the MLB. Toronto has hit .281 against left handers on the season.

The Blue Jays have a slight edge at the plate in this one and will look to come out strong. New York has been great going deep though and will look to make sure they attack Toronto’s pitching staff. The Blue Jays will need to avoid falling down big again in this one though. If either team can hit well early, it could be enough for the win on Friday night.

Pitching Preview

Jordan Montgomery will likely get the start on the mound for New York in this one. Montgomery has started in 12 games this season, going 2-1 in those matchups. He has posted a 2.70 ERA and a WHIP of 0.975 in those outings. Montgomery’s last start was against the Chicago Cubs. He gave up five hits and no runs in route to the win.

I expect Ross Stripling to get the nod at pitcher for the Blue Jays on Friday night. Stripling has earned a record of 3-1 throughout his 15 appearances. He has put up an ERA of 3.14 and a 1.000 WHIP in his games played. Stripling finished with one hit and no runs through six innings in his last start against the Detroit Tigers, which was enough for the win.

These two pitchers have been solid throughout this season and will look for a quick start in this one. The Yankees have an edge in their bullpen as well in this one. New York’s relievers have a 2.83 ERA, which is 2nd in the MLB. The Blue Jays bullpen has an ERA of 3.98, which is 16th in the league. Toronto will look for pitching to step up in this matchup.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. New York has won four of their last five against the Blue Jays entering this one. The Yankees have been red hot as well, but I think they will lose on the road in this one. Toronto can match them at the plate and if they get a good start from Stripling, I think they can earn the win.

Bovada has New York listed as a -112 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Yankees will win this game around 52.8 percent of the time. I think that this line should be in favor of the Blue Jays with Toronto at home and coming off a tough loss. As home underdogs, I like the value on the Blue Jays to earn the win.

The Bet
Toronto Blue Jays
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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