Blue Jays vs. Yankees Friday Prediction
American League East rivals the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees will open a new weekend series in the Bronx tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. Will the host get things kicked off with a runline victory for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, August 17, 2018
7:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium
TV: TOR (SNET); NYY (WPIX)
Compare odds and from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our new Baseball Odds & Betting Page.
Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Yankees as a -171 favorite. As of this writing, 69% 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.
Blue Jays’ Stroman goes five strong in no-decision vs. Rays
Marcus Stroman worked five innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Blue Jays' 2-1 win over the Rays. Stroman was lifted at just 76 pitches, perhaps due to that lingering blister on his right middle finger. He was efficient and effective while he was on the bump, scattering five hits and a walk over his five frames while striking out two a no-decision. The 27-year-old right-hander lowered his season ERA from 5.20 to 5.03
Yankees’ Lynn pitches well again in no-decision vs. Rangers
Lance Lynn pitched well in a no-decision against the Rangers on Saturday, allowing just one run on five hits over his five innings of work. The right-hander racked up eight strikeouts on the afternoon while walking three. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Elvis Andrus in the third inning. Lynn became the first hurler in franchise history to begin his Yankees' career with three straight starts of five or more strikeouts while allowing one or fewer earned runs. He'll look to further improve upon his 4.46 ERA and 1.54 WHIP when he takes on the Rays on Thursday.
MLB Betting Trends
The Blue Jays have won six of their last seven games played on Friday.
The Yankees are just 1-7 in their last eight games versus the rest of the American League East.
Their divisional woes notwithstanding, the Yankees are a good play tonight. The Blue Jays are just 2-5 in their last seven games played at Yankee Stadium, are 1-6 in their last seven meetings with the Bronx Bombers, and are winless in Stroman’s last five road starts versus the Yanks. There’s more value on the runline so I’m laying the 1.5.
The Pick: New York Yankees -1.5 (+115)