The Toronto Blue Jays are doing their best to make a mini comeback from their dreadful start to the season. I don’t want to call it a comeback this early in the season, understandably so. Last night was anything but a team who looked they were on the up, though. The Yankees took it to the Jays at Rogers Centre, dispatching them by a wide margin on Thursday night.
After the loss, the Blue Jays have gone 5-5 in their last ten games. They looked lost to start the season, and then went on a heater, and now are mellowing out a bit. Toronto is playing in a highly competitive division, with all members of the American League East in play for the divisional crown.
The Jays are 26-28, which puts them in last place. However, they’re within striking distance of the AL East leading New York Yankees. I do hope that the division continues to play out this closely, because it’d most definitely make for an exciting race come September. There’s been one team who has been head and shoulders above everyone, and that’s the Houston Astros. It was all supposed to come to a head last season, but they’re making it up in 2017.
As far as the Blue Jays are concerned, it’s tough to ascertain where they go from here. They have looked awful in spots, like last night, and then look the part elsewhere. It makes sense that they are hovering around the .500 mark. We’ll see if they’ll respond after being put on blast a night ago. The Yankees ultimately won the contest by a score of 12-2. Get our free Yankees vs. Blue Jays pick below, exclusively at The Sports Geek.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Michael Pineda (6-2, 3.32 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (2-2, 6.35 ERA)
Francisco Liriano will give it another go on Friday. He’s been a loose cannon thus far this season, and is showing signs of wear and tear. Liriano has been on the 10-day DL thanks to a lingering shoulder injury. The Blue Jays recently activated him, and he will be good to go for tonight, though.
In what capacity remains to be seen. Liriano owns an inadequate 6.35 ERA and dreary 1.91 WHIP. He hasn’t started since May 10th, where he was punished for 7 runs across 2 innings. In total, he has a 9.28 ERA and 2.44 in his last three outings. He was perfect against the Yankees in his last two starts against the Bronx Bombers. However, I question how healthy his arm is at the moment, and he will look when faced with major league hitting.
Pineda has been finally living up to expectations in 2017. There’s a lot more starts to come, but just staying healthy and playing well is a nice enough sign for him. He has been particularly good on the road, though. Pineda enters the Rogers Centre with a 5.23 pitching away. A lot of runs have been scored in this series of late, with an average of 12.8 runs per game in their last five meetings. I can see one of these two getting lit up, either Pineda or Liriano. There should be runs on the board tonight. I like the OVER.
PICK: OVER 9 (-110)