The Yankees won the first two games of their weekend series against the Blue Jays. Will Toronto leave New York with at least one victory?
917 Toronto Blue Jays at 918 New York Yankees
Sunday, August 19, 2018
1:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium
TV: TOR (SNET); NYY (YES)
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Yankees are -240 favorites to beat the Blue Jays this afternoon. As of this writing, 73% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Yankees to beat the Blue Jays on the moneyline.
Blue Jays’ Borucki struggles vs. Royals
Ryan Borucki struggled through four innings against the Royals on Tuesday, giving up four runs and walked four. He struck out just one and allowed six hits in addition to the walks, so it could have been even uglier. It’s the first time that Borucki has had a rough outing against a team other than the juggernaut Red Sox. Given that he’s struck out just five and walked seven in three starts this month, the bloom is off the rose.
Yankees’ Happ allows one hit over seven scoreless innings
J.A. Happ walked four but gave up just one single over seven shutout innings Tuesday in the Yankees’ 4-1 victory over the Rays. The four free passes Happ handed out were more than he issued over his last four starts combined, but a C.J. Cron single with one out in the fourth inning was the only base knock he permitted. Over his first 19 innings in pinstripes across three starts, Happ has given up just eight hits and four runs, boasting a 1.89 ERA and 0.74 WHIP. He’ll take on his former team, the Blue Jays, on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
MLB Betting Trends
The Blue Jays have lost five of their last seven on the road and nine of 13 overall.
The Yankees are 8-2 in their last 10 games versus an opponent with a losing record.
The Blue Jays are now winless in their last four games against the Yankees and are 22-46 in their last 68 games played in the Bronx. That said, they’ve been good when Borucki starts. They’re 4-0 in his last four outings and 4-0 in his last four road starts. The Yankees have pounded the Jays the last two days but Toronto did show some life in cutting New York’s 8-0 lead down to 8-5 before the Bombers pulled away late yesterday. While I don’t see an outright win, taking the Blue Jays on the runline and getting plus odds has value in what should be a relatively low-scoring game.
The Pick: Toronto Blue Jays +1.5 (+100)