Blue Jays vs. Yankees Prediction
The Toronto Blue Jays have a chance to prove themselves as a contender in the AL East this weekend when they face the New York Yankees. The two open their series tonight at 6:35PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:35PM ET, Yankee Stadium
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Yankees are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -155 to win tonight. The Blue Jays are getting odds of +145 on the road. The over/under total for the game is listed at 9 runs. Currently, 52% of the wagers are going on the Yankees at home today. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Blue Jays rolling
The Blue Jays are coming off a four-game win streak thanks to a sweep of the Royals at home this week. They have won seven of their last eight games. Toronto is now 12-5 overall with a 5-2 record on the road. The Jays are averaging 6.06 runs per game this season while allowing 3.82 per contest.
Aaron Sanchez gets the start for Toronto. He is 1-1 through three starts this season but has improved with each start. He is coming off an 8-inning, 1-run effort at Baltimore. Sanchez has a 3.66 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP. He has 13 strikeouts with 11 walks over 19.2 innings of work.
Yankees struggling for consistency
New York split a pair of games with Miami this week and they are just 4-6 in their last 10 contests. The Yankees are now just 8-8 overall and 4-4 at home. New York is averaging 5.62 runs per game, but the pitching is giving up 5.44 runs per contest.
C.C. Sabathia makes his return to the mound after coming off the DL for a hip injury. He has started two games this year and pitching nine total innings. He has a 4.00 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP. CC has seven strikeouts with two walks. His first start was against Toronto, a 5-inning, 2-run effort that led to a 5-3 loss for New York.
MLB Betting Trends
Toronto has won six of its last eight road games against a left-handed starter and they are 5-1 in their last six when Sanchez pitches in a series opener.
New York has lost five of its last seven against AL East opponents. However, they are 16-6 in their last 22 games after a loss and 5-0 in Sabathia’s last five Thursday starts.
The Yankees haven’t been able to get much from their pitching staff and that is going to be a problem against this Toronto team that has been able to hit the ball despite not having Josh Donaldson available. Sanchez has been improving with each start and I think he can do well enough to lead Toronto to a win today.
The Pick: Toronto Blue Jays +145