Yankees vs. Blue Jays MLB Pick – August 9th

The New York Yankees didn’t cool off after crossing the border, as their quick strike offense was hot again in Toronto. The Yankees got started early with a couple of runs in the 1st inning against Thomas Pannone. They blew the game open with more runs in the 3rd inning to take an 8-0 lead. Pannone left the game with 6 hits and 7 earned runs credited to him in just 2.2 innings of work. Domingo German didn’t shine for the Yankees, but he was serviceable enough.

The Blue Jays were able to get to him for 8 hits and 3 earned runs in 5 innings. He worked out of some jams before things got ugly for him. Like I said in the writeup for that game, German has benefited from a lot of run support with the Yankees, so he can afford to give up 3 earned runs and still be in prime position for a win.

I will say that the Jays have an underrated offense with Bo Bichette up in the big leagues now. He was a star for Toronto again last night, as he racked up 3 RBI’s to bring his season total to 7 on the season to go along with 4 home runs. This is for a guy who has played in just 11 games as a 21-year-old. With another last night, he broke the streak for consecutive doubles in a game. Vlad Jr. and Bichette in their prime could be a dangerous thing in a few years.

That certainly doesn’t excuse their horrid pitching, though. With Marcus Stroman gone, it’s of course even worse. Aaron Sanchez was not pitching very well for the Jays, but at least he provided depth and somebody to stand in there. The Jays are depending on a host of young talent to do the job now. Pannone was one of them, and 23-year-old Sean Reid-Foley is next in line for the Jays. J.A. Happ is expected for the Yankees. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Blue Jays pick.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Moneyline: Yankees -215/Blue Jays +185
  • O/U: 10.5

Pitching Matchup:

  • J.A. Happ (9-6, 5.24 ERA)
  • Sean Reid-Foley (1-2, 2.49 ERA)

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Sean Reid-Foley will make his fifth start tonight against a Yankees’ offense who are blistering hot. He doesn’t have much experience for the Jays, but he did get his feet wet last season with seven starts. Reid-Foley was below average with an ERA of 5.13, but that was nothing more than to get him acclimated with the Blue Jays. In four starts and three appearances as a reliever, Reid-Foley has posted pretty nice numbers.

He goes into this matchup with an ERA of 2.49 in 21.2 innings. However, the disclaimer with him is that he’s had to work out of a lot of tricky situations. Despite the impressive ERA, he’s putting too many runners on the bases. Reid-Foley holds a WHIP of 1.52 and .343 OBA. Also, at home Reid-Foley has gotten tagged for a 4.22 ERA in 10.2 innings.

He’s yielded 2 long balls compared to none on the road so far. With how hot the Yankees are swinging the bats, I expect Reid-Foley to pay for putting too many runners on base in this spot. The runs can pile up on him in a hurry against a team who can hit the deep ball effectively. Look for the Yanks to get more offense on Friday night at Rogers Centre. They’ve scored a whopping 44 runs in the last four games for an average of 11 runs scored per contest. Moreover, the Yanks haven’t scored less than 6 runs since August 2nd against the Red Sox.

The Blue Jays should see an opportunity to score runs on the Yankees. J.A. Happ has been getting hammered recently, as he enters with a 7.80 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in his previous three outings. Happ has been regressing overall in 2019. His numbers have been down with a 5.24 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season. Toronto are figuring it out at the plate with Bichette installed into the lineup, so they likely see some more runs this evening. A play on the OVER looks like a solid option in Toronto tonight.

The Bet
OVER 10.5
Kyle E / Author

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