The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays are set to face off in a Tuesday night matchup at Yankee Stadium. Toronto will be tasked with trying to stop the Yankees, who are on quite a roll so far this season. Currently, most sportsbooks have the Yankees as the favorites at -1.5.
The last 10 head-to-head matchups have been fairly lopsided. New York has had the edge in runs scored with an average of 6.60 amassed per contest. Recording 9.30 hits per game, they have also proven to be an offensive force. In addition, they have been patient at the plate in comparison to Toronto. They have accrued 4.70 walks per game.
If there’s one thing that Toronto has done well, it has been accumulating strikeouts. With an average of 8.70 per game, they have not been patient at the plate. Against a powerhouse like the Yankees, sometimes it pays to be aggressive.
New York has a 43-20 record as the favorite and a 44-33 record ATS. They hold an impressive 26-16 mark ATS at home. To its credit, Toronto has done reasonably well on the road. They hold a 21-19 record away from the friendly confines of Canada.
Richard looks for first win
Clayton Richard has had a rough season. He has yet to record a win and has a 7.46 ERA to boot. This New York Yankees lineup will not do him any favors, as many hitters have seen him well over the years.
DJ LeMahieu is a batter who has seen Richard well. In 23 at-bats, he has recorded seven hits and three runs batted in. With three walks to his credit as well, he has a .304 batting average. Richard should definitely be careful when pitching to him.
Richard has had trouble keeping the ball down in the zone and locating his pitches. Against a powerhouse New York Yankees lineup, he can’t afford to make the same mistakes that he has been encountering over the past couple of games.
Yankees lineup looks to keep it rolling
In Monday night’s win over Toronto, Aaron Hicks and LeMahieu were the stars of the show. LeMahieu had four hits in four at-bats and recorded a walk. Hicks had a hit in four at-bats, but he made it count with three runs batted in. He also recorded a walk.
The Yankees need to continue their balanced offensive attack against a Blue Jays team that can also put up numbers. They certainly gave the Red Sox trouble over the weekend, and the Yankees need to make sure that whoever is on the mound is cautious with their pitches. Also of note is that the Yankees have hit a home run in 27 straight games. We will see if they will make it 28 on Tuesday.
Galvis needs to stay hot
Freddy Galvis recorded two hits in five at-bats in the opener, and he made them count. Recording four runs batted in on the evening, he was a key component to Toronto’s offensive attack. He needs to continue to swing a hot bat on Tuesday if Toronto wants to find any success.
I would take New York at -1.5 in this one. Their offense is on a roll, and I’d expect that to continue. They have shown that power does indeed win baseball games. It doesn’t look like they will be slowing down anytime soon.