The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees continue their three-game series Saturday afternoon, so I’ve prepared the best betting pick for their middle contest at Yankee Stadium along with the latest odds on DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Blue Jays stunned the Yankees on an Opening Day, earning a 3-2 victory in the tenth inning as +170 road underdogs. They are listed as +150 dogs in this one, while the Yankees sit at -165 odds. New York is now winless in three straight meetings with Toronto.
Teoscar Hernandez’s homer sparked the Blue Jays in the opener
The Toronto Blue Jays battled bravely in their first outing of the season and fully deserved to upset the Yankees. They trailed 2-1 until Teoscar Hernandez’s home run in the top of the sixth, while Randal Grichuk’s sneaky hit lift the Blue Jays over New York.
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched 5.1 innings and surrendered a couple of earned runs on four hits and a walk. Jordan Romano was credited for a win, while Julian Merryweather earned a save with a perfect tenth inning and ten of his 11 pitches for strikes.
Ross Stripling will get the starting nod Saturday, and the 31-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 6.32 ERA in a couple of stats and three relief appearances with the Blue Jays who acquired him from the Dodgers. Stripling started seven games for LA in 2020 and posted a 3-1 record with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.
The Yankees struggled mightily against Toronto’s pitching
The New York Yankees just couldn’t cope with Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Blue Jays’ bullpen in the opener, recording only six hits and six walks while striking out 13 times. Catcher Gary Sanchez homered in the bottom of the second to put the Bombers in front, but that was all from the Yankees’ offense on an Opening Day.
Gerrit Cole fanned eight through 5.1 innings and yielded a couple of earned runs on five hits and two walks. The Yankees used four guts from their bullpen including Nick Nelson who was charged for a loss.
Corey Kluber will make his debut in the Yankees’ uniform on Saturday after joining the Evil Empire in the offseason. The former Indians ace started only eight games over the last two years due to various injuries, and the 34-year-old righty is 98-58 with a 3.16 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in his career.
- 1-5 in the last six road tilts against the Yankees
- 9-4 in the last 13 games at home
The Yankees will be fired up to make amends for a tough loss in the opener, and I’m expecting their offense to hit hard against Ross Stripling didn’t impress last season at all. On the other side, Corey has struggled to find his command for most of the spring training, but he still finished with a 2.77 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 13 frames.
This could easily become an offensive battle, and I’m backing the hosts to win it. New York’s lineup is loaded despite Luke Voit’s absence, while the Blue Jays miss George Springer, so both teams will be shorthanded.
Pick: Take NY Yankees at -165
As I’ve mentioned above, both Ross Stripling and Corey Kluber look questionable at the moment, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they both struggle mightily, considering the strength of New York and Toronto’s offense.
The over has hit in nine of Toronto’s last 13 games against the American League. Also, the over is 13-7 in the Yankees’ last 20 games overall, and it is 11-5 in their previous 16 encounters with the AL East.
Pick: Go over 9.0 runs at -120