MLB Yankees vs. Blue Jays Picks & Predictions for August 31, 2014

MLB Yankees vs. Blue Jays Picks & Predictions for August 31, 2014

MLB Yankees vs. Blue Jays Picks & Predictions for August 31, 2014
By Anthony Rome      

TORONTO, ONTARIO (The Spread) - The Blue Jays will look to quiet the Yankees' bats again today when the two AL East rivals square off at 1:07PM ET.

ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blue Jays are -105 money line home favorites over the Yankees, who carry odds of -103 on the money line. The total for today's game is currently sitting at 8.5 runs.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Yankees opened as -115 money line favorites but their odds have dropped down to -103, while the Blue Jays' odds have gone from +106 down to -105. One reason for the shift in odds is because Jacoby Ellsbury, one of the best offensive players for the Yankees this season, is expected to sit out again today due to a sprained ankle suffered on Friday. The total has also dropped from 9 down to 8.5.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 74% of the betting public currently favors New York. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most updated numbers.

PITCHING MATCHUP: The Yankees will send Brandon McCarthy to the hill today versus J.A. Happ. McCarthy is 8-13 on the year with a 4.13 ERA, while Happ is 8-8 for the Blue Jays and carries a 4.40 ERA. New York enters play with a 70-64 record and is 37-33 on the road this season, while the Blue Jays are 68-67 overall and 36-31 at home.

MLB FREE PICK: Take Toronto. According to latest MLB trends, the Blue Jays are 5-1 in Happ's last six starts when their opponent scores two runs or less in their previous game. They're also 4-1 in Happ's last five starts during Game 3 of as series and 4-1 in his last five Sunday starts. Don't underestimate the impact of this game with Ellsbury not in the lineup for New York. He's been a catalyst for that offense and now that he's out, look for the Yankees' to struggle offensively again today.

MLB FREE PICK: TORONTO BLUE JAYS -105


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