Blue Jays vs Yankees

Blue Jays vs Yankees | MLB Betting Lines

Written by on May 25, 2021

The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees have two of the best run differentials in the American League yet aren’t atop the AL East. The rivals face off in a series opener from the Bronx on Tuesday night with the Yankees favored on the MLB odds.

How to Bet Blue Jays at Yankees MLB Odds & TV Info

  • When: Tuesday, 7:05 PM ET
  • Where: Yankee Stadium
  • Probable pitchers (away/home): Steven Matz/Corey Kluber
  • TV: MLB Extra Innings

Why Bet on Toronto? | MLB Betting Lines

Toronto enters on a six-game skid after being swept Monday at home by Tampa Bay.

The Blue Jays have two regulars on the injured list in third baseman Cavan Biggio and outfielder George Springer. Biggio landed on the IL over the weekend list with a cervical spine ligament sprain.  Biggio will be out until at least the beginning of June, but there’s currently no timetable as to when he will return. Biggio is hitting just .205, but has looked more comfortable at the plate recently and is still taking his walks, with 20 on the season to give him a .315 OBP.

“It’s nagging,” said manager Charlie Montoyo. “He gets loose, then he’s fine, but then the more he plays, it gets too uncomfortable and it gets tough to swing the bat. Last night, he was fine when he pinch-hit, but during the night it got tight again. He’s been playing like that. That’s what I love about this kid. Not many people do that anymore.”

Springer, meanwhile, has appeared in just four games this season for the Jays because of oblique and quad injuries. He’s not close to returning.

It’s scheduled to be lefty Steven Matz on the mound. Matz (5-2) was shelled for five runs over six innings last Thursday in a no-decision against the Red Sox. Matz surrendered 10 hits, including a three-run homer to Bobby Dalbec in the second inning. He struggled to limit hard contact in this one as he gave up seven batted balls with an exit velocity over 95 mph.

He finished with four strikeouts and only issued two walks. It was one of the strangest starts ever: Matz needed 33 pitches to get the third out of the second inning and 60 pitches to get the other 23 outs he recorded.

“Looking back at that second inning, two pitches I’m really frustrated with are two curveballs to (Christian) Vazquez and (Bobby) Dalbec,” he said. “Both those guys are good on in-zone spin and I just didn’t bury those curveballs. Honestly, I wish I had both those back. Other than that, they had some good at-bats.”

The 29-year-old will carry a 4.69 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 50/15 K/BB ratio across 48 innings (nine starts) into this start. Matz faced the Yankees once in 2020, throwing 1.0 scoreless inning in relief with 2 strikeouts on 8/29. He owns a 1-3 record with a 6.83 ERA (21 ER/27.2 IP) over 7 career games (5 starts) vs. the Yankees, all as a member of the Mets

Why Bet on New York? | MLB Betting Lines

The Yankees are playing their best ball of the season on a six-game winning streak. They swept the visiting and AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox in a three-game set over the weekend. Clint Frazier went 3-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases on Sunday in his return to the Yankees’ lineup. Frazier had missed four of the team’s previous five games due to a lingering neck issue, with his lone appearance during that span coming as a pinch-hitter on Saturday.

Gleyber Torres went 3-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday. Torres kicked off the scoring with a two-run single to left-center field off lefty Dallas Keuchel with two outs in the opening frame. He also added a pair of singled to record his second consecutive three-hit performance. The 24-year-old shortstop has been sizzling-hot at the dish, hitting (11-for-18) with two homers and eight RBI in five games since returning from the COVID-19 injured list.

Aroldis Chapman gave up a game-tying solo homer on Sunday in a blown save against the White Sox. Chapman was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the top of the ninth inning and saw his 18-inning scoreless streak snapped on a one-out homer by Andrew Vaughn. It was only the sixth hit he’s allowed all year. He managed to get through the remainder of the frame unscathed and was credited with a win after the Yankees’ won in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the frame. The 33-year-old left-hander owns a 0.47 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 37/8 K/BB ratio over 19 innings.

It’s two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber on the mound, and he no-hit the Texas Rangers last time out. Kluber came within a four-pitch walk to Charlie Culberson in the third inning of throwing a perfect game. It was the Yankees’ first no-hitter since July 18, 1999, when David Cone threw a perfect game against the Montreal Expos.

Kluber (4-2) threw 71 of 101 pitches for strikes in his ninth start for the Yankees. With his fastest pitch at 92.5 mph, he mixed 31 curveballs, 27 cutters, 23 sinkers, 18 changeups and two four-seam fastballs.

Including Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, the Yankees have thrown 12 no-hitters. This was the club’s first road no-hitter since July 12, 1951, when Allie Reynolds did it at Cleveland.

Over his first four starts of the season, Kluber allowed nine earned runs in 15 innings (5.40 ERA) while striking out 14 and walking 11. Across his past five starts, Kluber has allowed seven earned runs in 35¹/₃ innings (1.78 ERA) while striking out 36 and walking nine.

Game Trends

  • Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
  • Blue Jays are 5-2 in their last 7 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
  • Blue Jays are 23-47 in their last 70 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Blue Jays are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
  • Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

Expert Prediction

  • Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4
 
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