New York Yankees versus Toronto Blue Jays ( June 6)
In this AL East battle, the first place Yankees take on the fourth-place Blue Jays. J.A.
Happ is scheduled to start on the mound for the Yankees and Edwin Jackson is set to pitch for the Blue Jays.
Offensively, the Yankees continue to pound the ball, having hit 95 home runs and averaging 5.3 runs per game.
Gary Sanchez leads the team in home runs with 18…
while Luke Voit is pacing the team in RBI with 39, to go along with 15 home runs.
Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier have also surpassed the ten home run plateau.
D.J. LeMahieu isn’t a big power threat but has quietly added 34 RBI.
For the Blue Jays, they have struggled in most phases at the plate.
They are batting just .219 with 71 home runs and averaging a meager 3.8 runs per game.
Justin Smoak tops the team in both home runs (12) and RBI (33).
Randall Grichuk provides a solid second power source with 19 home runs, while Freddy Galvis and Rowdy Telle each have hit nine out of the park.
Clearly, the offensive edge goes to the Yankees.
J.A. Happ has had a strange season.
Although posting a decent win-loss record of 5-3 and striking out 55 in 63 1/3 innings, he’s given up a whopping 15 home runs, nearly two per start.
The Yankees have a solid back end of the bullpen with Aroldis Chapman and Tommy Kahnle…
who have an ERA of 1.52 with 68 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings.
All told, the Yankees have given up only four runs per contest.
Edwin Jackson has pitched to seemingly every team in the Major Leagues during his 17-year career.
He’s been downright awful this season, with a 0-3 record and 13.22 ERA.
He got torched for 10 runs in 2 1/3 innings in his last start against the Rockies and six home runs in only 16 1/3 innings.
Sam Gaviglio, Joe Biagini and Daniel Hudson have had issues keeping the ball in the park, giving up 21 home runs in 93 innings.
If the Blue Jays can get the ball to closer Ken Giles, they have a shot.
He’s allowed only three earned runs with 40 strikeouts in 24 innings.
As a team, the Blue Jays have allowed 4.8 runs per game.
With the pitching struggles of both starters, particularly in giving up the long ball, expect plenty of balls to reach the seats.
This will lead to a high scoring game.
The Yankees have a much more potent lineup and could approach double digits in runs.
Toronto should hit its average production or a little above.
Im Taking the over and I expect the Yankees to win by an 8-4 or 9-5 margin.