New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays Predictions, Odds & Picks (September 7)
- Scuffling Yankees one of the biggest surprises of the year
- Blue Jays look to open their lead up on Yankees in the playoff race even more
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Yankees vs Blue Jays Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|New York Yankees||+1.5 -162||O 9 -110||+130|
|Toronto Blue Jays||-1.5 +135||U 9 -110||-143|
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Yankees vs Blue Jays Predictions and Picks
The Blue Jays are surging while the Yankees are sliding. Buffalo has its ace on the mound and is out to prove its for real. We think that happens in a low scoring affair. Let’s go with the Blue Jays money line and the under.
Betting record through 9/4/20 (27-19-1)
Yankees are 1-4 in last five games
Yankees are 1-7 in last eight games vs. team with a winning record
Yankees are 1-6 in their last seven
Yankees are 2-8 in last 10 road games
Over is 4-0 in Yankees last four during game 1 of a series
Under is 5-1-1 in Yankees last seven Monday games
Under is 4-1 in Yankees last five vs. team with a winning record
Under is 12-3 in Yankees last 15 road games vs. team with a winning record
Blue Jays are 7-3 in last 10 games as a favorite
Blue Jays are 7-2 in last nine during game 1 of a series
Blue Jays re 6-2 in last eight vs. teams with a winning record
Under is 4-1-1 in Blue Jays last six games as a home favorite
Under is 5-2 in Blue Jays last seven overall
How to Watch Yankees vs Blue Jays
|Yankees vs Blue Jays Information|
|What||New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays|
|Where||Sahlen Field, Buffalo, NY|
|When||Monday, September 7, 2020, 6:37 PM EST|
|How to Watch||YES Network, MLB.TV|
Yankees Reeling and Need to Rebound Soon
It was merely a formality in such a short season, especially since the playoffs were expanded to more than half of the teams in each league getting a shot at the postseason.
The Yankees were penned into every playoff projection and penciled into the vast majority of World Series predictions. However, over the past three weeks, the wheels have fallen all the way off the Yankees wagon.
New York is a staggering 5-13 in its last 18 games, going from an AL-best 16-6 record with a 2.5 game lead in the AL East, to a pedestrian 21-19 record, currently 6.5 games behind Tampa Bay and just two games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the final playoff spot. Let’s say that again: just two games ahead of two teams that finished with 108+ losses a season ago.
A large portion of the reason they’ve gone ice cold is injuries to key pieces of the offense. Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gio Urshela are all on the injured list.
DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres also spent time on the IL.
That’s not to mention Luis Severino, James Paxton, Tommy Kahnle and Jonathan Loaisiga are on the IL too, but eventually, enough is enough.
That doesn’t explain why they’re averaging just 3.4 runs per game during this skid and have scored four or more runs just seven out of 18 times. s. Their .207 batting average, .657 OPS, and .351 slugging percentages all rank in the bottom five of baseball during that stretch, their soft-hit percentage (18.1) is sixth-worst and their hard-hit percentage (35.9) is fourth-worst in baseball.
The Yankees have also been terrible with opportunities to score runs, going 22 of their last at-bats (.186) with runners in scoring position.
Point is, the Yankees have to turn it around if they’re going to even make it into October, much less make a run, and there’s no better chance to do that than against the team that just leap-frogged you in the standings.
Blue Jays Get Their Chance to Prove Their Run Is for Real
Many people in the baseball world have been slow to believe this run the Blue Jays are on is for real. Toronto is 15-7 in its last 22 games however just three of those games were played against a team currently above .500 – The Rays – and they went 1-2 in that series.
But 10 of their final 20 games, yes, 50% of the remaining games, come against the New York Yankees. There’s likely a playoff spot for both of these teams unless one of the two dominates the series and sends the other plummeting.
The Blue Jays have been waiting this year to prove they’re for real; now’s their chance.
Battle of the South Paws
It’s a battle of two lefties on the mound on Monday when Toronto’s Hyun-Jin Ryu takes on New York’s Jordan Montgomery. The Yankees are just 3-3 in Montgomery’s starts, and he’s coming off of his worst outing of the year.
He didn’t make it out of the first against the Rays last Wednesday, giving up four runs on five hits and one walk in .2 innings. Montgomery has a 5.76 ERA on the season and has made it more than four innings just twice on the year.
Juxtapose that with Ryu who has helped the Blue Jays go 6-2 in his eight starts thus far. Ryu is 3-1 overall,w with a 2.51 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, and comes off a win against a surprisingly decent Florida Marlins team.
Ryu threw six innings in that one, giving up five hits and one run while striking out eight. And he’s gotten better as the season’s gone on. After giving up eight total runs in nine combined innings in his first two starts, Ryu has given up one run or fewer in his past six outings.
His ERA in five starts in July was 0.96 and in his past four starts, he’s issued just four walks compared to 24 strikeouts.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.