Toronto Blue Jays vs New York Yankees Predictions, Odds & Picks (September 17)
- Yankees offense is scorching hot
- Chase Anderson looks to get Blue Jays pitching staff back on track
- Voit and LeMahieu in midst of their own home run derby
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Blue Jays vs Yankees Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+1.5 -104||O 9.5 -118||+185|
|New York Yankees||-1.5 -115||U 9.5 -104||-220|
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Blue Jays vs Yankees Predictions and Picks
The Yankees are rolling, have the better pitcher, and are scoring runs by the boatload. We like the Yankees against the spread.
Yankees against the spread – 1.5 (-115)
Betting record through 9/16/20 (29-26-1)
Blue Jays are 4-2 in their last six vs. team with a winning record
Blue Jays are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
Blue Jays are 17-8 in their last 25 games on grass
Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last seven games vs. a right-handed starter
Over is 5-0 in Blue Jays last five road games
Over is 4-1-1 in Blue Jays last six games as a road underdog
Under is 21-9-3 in Blue Jays last 33 during game three of a series
Under is 5-3 in last eight meetings in New York
Blue Jays are 26-57 in last 83 meetings in New York
Yankees are 7-0 in last seven games
Yankees are 43-9 in last 52 home games with the total set between 9.0-10.5
Yankees are 4-0 in their last four games vs. a right-handed starter
Yankees are 74-26 in last 100 home games
Yankees are 71-27 in last 98 home games vs. team with a winning record
Yankees are 4-9 in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning record
Over is 3-0-1 inn Yankees last four Thursday games
Under is 5-0 in Yankees last five during game three of a series
Under is 7-3 in Yankees last 10 as a favorite
How to watch Blue Jays vs Yankees
|Blue Jays vs Yankees Information|
|What||Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees|
|Where||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|
|When||Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7:05 PM EST|
|How to Watch||YES Network, MLB.TV|
Yankees Peaking at Exactly the Right Time
It was just last week where there was trouble in paradise. And by paradise, we mean the Bronx. The Yankees were in a full nosedive, going 5-15 over a 20-game stretch to fall to 21-21 and just one game ahead of the Detroit Tigers for the final playoff spot in the American League.
Since then, they’ve won seven straight games and are surging into the playoffs at exactly the right time.
They’ve been led by their red-hot offense, which has scored 10 runs or more in three of the seven games and is averaging just shy of nine runs per game during the winning streak. And while most are hung up on how the offense has scored 33 total runs over the past two days, the pitching staff has been equally dominant.
The Yankees have held opponents to two runs or fewer in six of the last seven games, giving up just 13 total runs during the streak.
Blue Jays Staff Getting Rocked
It appears as if the Blue Jays will hold onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the American League, but they won’t stay in the postseason long if their pitching staff performs the way it has this past week.
Toronto is 2-3 in its last five games and gave up a total of 51 (!) runs in those three losses. That’s not a typo. The Blue Jays gave up 13 runs on Wednesday after giving up 20 on Tuesday, which comes just three days after an 18-1 loss to the Mets.
The Blue Jays will turn to Chase Anderson to try and stop the bleeding, although they haven’t had much luck in his starts. Toronto is 2-5 in Anderson’s seven starts this year and he’s yet to go more than five innings. In his two starts in September, Anderson has given up 10 runs in 6.2 innings, walking four and giving up four home runs.
Anderson is 0-1 with a 5.81 ERA and 1.56 WHIP on the year.
Voit and Lemahieu Leading the Way
At the beginning of the season, it’s safe to say most people would have guessed that Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton would have led the Yankees in home runs. And they might have, had they not both spent significant time on the Injury List.
But even if they’d been healthy the whole season, it would’ve been tough to keep up with MLB-leading Luke Voit. Voit belted his MLB-best 19th home run on Wednesday – his third in two days and fifth in five days.
Voit also leads the team with 45 RBI and 108 total bases.
Not to be outdone, DJ LeMahieu is on pace for what may have been a career year. LeMahieu is slashing a ridiculous .373/.421/.627 and has a 1.047 OPS. LeMahieu hit two home runs on Wednesday and drove in three runs, which comes on the heels of his 4-for-6 day on Tuesday when he had a home run, a double, and five RBI.
At this rate, Voit and LeMahieu very well may be Co-AL players of the week.
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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.