Yankees vs. Blue Jays Friday Prediction
Sonny Gray was crushed in his last start but he'll look for redemption tonight when the New York Yankees visit the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:07 p.m. ET. Are the Jays a good underdog play for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, July 6, 2018
7:07 p.m. ET, Rogers Centre
TV: NYY (YES); TOR (SNET)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Yankees as a -145 favorite. As of this writing, 73% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Yankees to beat the Blue Jays on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Yankees' Gray crushed by Red Sox in last start
Sonny Gray was dismantled in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox, yielding six runs on seven hits over just 2 1/3 innings. The first inning devolved in breathtaking fashion for Gray, who recorded the first two outs without issue before J.D. Martinez reached on an infield single. Innocuous as it seemed at the time, the Red Sox quickly took advantage of the soft opening. Following the infield single, Gray walked Mitch Moreland, surrendered a single to Xander Bogaerts and then -- on a 1-2 pitch -- finished the slow collapse in loud style, yielding an opposite field grand slam to Rafael Devers.
Gray would go on to allow two more runs in the second inning before manager Aaron Boone had finally seen enough after he got himself into additional trouble in the third inning. Gray's horrendous outing looked even more amateurish when put in contrast with the brilliant work of Chris Sale on the other side. This disaster showing bumped his 4.93 ERA and 1.44 WHIP to 5.44 and 1.51, respectively. A road start against the Blue Jays shows next on his schedule as he tries to get something, anything, going.
Blue Jays' Gaviglio pitches well in no-decision vs. Tigers
Sam Gaviglio pitched well in a no-decision against the Tigers on Saturday, allowing three runs on four hits over his seven frames. Gaviglio punched out five and walked three on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with John Hicks belting a solo homer in the second and Nick Castellanos adding a two-run shot in the third. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday against the Yankees.
MLB Betting Trends
The Yankees have won four of Gray's last five road starts.
The Blue Jays are 1-9 in their last 10 games when facing an opponent with a winning percentage above .600.
The Yankees are just 2-5 in their last seven games versus the rest of the American League East. They're also 0-4 in their last four games when facing a team with a losing record and 5-11 in Gray's last 16 starts against divisional opponents. On the other side, the Blue Jays have won 11 of their last 15 home games and with Gray coming off a poor start, this is a good spot to take the dog.
The Pick: Toronto Blue Jays +125