New York Yankees versus Toronto Blue Jays (August 8)
The New York Yankees bring a seven-game winning streak into Toronto to face the Blue Jays In this AL East battle.
The Yankees are scheduled to start Domingo German on the mound, while the Blue Jays are set to go with Thomas Pannone.
Offensively, the Yankees have one of the most potent attacks in the league. As a team they are hitting .271 with 198 home runs and average nearly six runs per game.
Gary Sanchez leads the team in home runs with 24 and Gleyber Torres has added 23 for a powerful duo.
Luke Voit has chipped in with 19 home runs and the balanced attack features ten players in double digits in home runs.
For the Blue Jays, they also have ten players in double digits in home runs, but have struggled to do anything but hit the long ball.
They have 171 home runs but are hitting just .237 as a team and average a mediocre 4.5 runs per game.
Freddy Galvis, Randal Grichuk, Justin Smoak, Lourdes Gurriel Jr have hit a team leading 18 home runs, while Galvis paces the team in RBI with 54.
On the mound, Domingo German has posted a 14-2 record and has struck out 114 in 104 innings. However, he hasn’t been automatic, posting an ERA near four and has allowed 21 home runs.
The Yankees have a a deep bullpen featuring Luis Cessa (3.74 ERA In 55 1/3 innings), Adam Ottavino (1.41 ERA in 51 innings) and the duo of Zack Britton and Tommy Kahnle.
Closer Aroldis Chapman has 30 saves and an ERA of 2.62. As a team the Yankees have allowed 4.9 runs per game.
Thomas Pannone has spent much of the year in the bullpen, having made only five starts in 27 appearances.
He’s posted an ERA of nearly six and allowed nine home runs in only 55 2/3 innings.
The bullpen took a hit when Joe Biagini and Daniel Hudson were traded. Sam Gaviglio is the workhorse of the pen but has an ERA of 4.72 in 74 1/3 innings.
Closer Ken Giles has an ERA of 1.50 with 14 saves, but the problem is the Blue Jays getting him the ball with a lead. As a team, Toronto is allowing five runs per game.
This game has the making of a one-sided blowout.
The Yankees power laden attack should feast off Pannone’s inability to keep the ball in the park.
A shaky Toronto bullpen should just add to the Yankees scoring output, which has averaged eight runs over the past five games.
Toronto should get on the board with a couple home runs but wont have enough to keep pace.
Look for the Yankees to continue to pour it on and win this by a 9-4 margin.