NY Yankees (62-51) at Toronto (64-52)
When: Friday, August 14th, 2015
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON
Time: 7:05 ET
TV: DirecTV 631 Radio: XM 89
The New York Yankees finally broke out of their scoring slump last night by immediately scoring 3 runs in the top of the 1st in Cleveland in route to an 8-6 win over the Indians to end their 5-game losing streak. They now head to Toronto in 2nd place in the American League East, a half-game behind the red-hot Blue Jays. Brian McCann blasted his second home run in as many days to get the Yankees rolling last night. Prior to that, the Yankees had scored 9 total runs in 7 games. They still rank 2nd behind the Blue Jays in runs scored with 4.8 a game.
Ivan Nova will try and cool off the Jays tonight. He’ll be making just his 9th start this year coming off elbow surgery in the off-season. He was doing rather well until his last outing when Toronto came to town and hit him for 4 runs in just 5.1 innings. He needed 102 pitches to get through that game. That’s the first time he threw 100 pitches in a game since September of 2013. He’ll need to be on his A game tonight.
What can we say about the Toronto Blue Jays? They are simply on an incredible roll right now since acquiring David Price and Troy Tulowitzki. They have won 11 games in a row and are 14-1 since July 29th. At that point they were 7 games behind the Yankees and now they have overtaken them in the A.L. East. They’ve even been getting production from Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak recently. It seems that when the big guns have a night off, the bottom of the order picks them up. It’s been a great ride for the Jays and they’re even starting to sell out the Rogers Centre.
David Price will make his 3rd start for the Jays tonight. All he’s done in his first two starts is allow 1 run in 15 innings while striking out 18 in wins over the Yankees and Twins. Overall he’s 11-4 with a 2.35 ERA and 156 K’s in 161 innings. The Yankees did pound him for 8 runs in 2.1 innings back in April, Price’s worst outing of the year.
It’s really hard to go against Toronto right now and the Yankees were just tamed by Price a week ago. I know the Yanks scored 8 runs last night, but let’s see them do it twice in a row before we get excited.
Pick: Blue Jays -1.5 -115