Blue Jays vs Yankees AL East Prediction, 8-16-2016

Blue Jays vs Yankees AL East Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays
vs New York Yankees

Game Time: Tuesday August 16th, 7:05pm EST
Odds: Toronto -125, 8.5
Projected Starters: Marco Estrada vs
Michael Pineda

Blue Jays vs Yankees AL East Prediction provided by Sports Investor Central 

 

The Toronto Blue Jays are tied for the top spot in the AL East and they look to pull ahead with a win in New York on Tuesday night.  Toronto lost a big one Monday night as RA Dickey gave up only 4 hits and 1 run in 5 innings as the Blue Jays fell to the Yankees 1-0. Toronto was held to three hits and struck out 13 times.

The New York Yankees have been playing well despite some trades that indicated they were packing it in for the season.  Michael Pineda will make his 24th start of the season, looking to pick up his seventh win.

Pineda conceded just two runs in six innings to the Red Sox in his last outing but finished with the no decision. The hard throwing right hander is having a rough season, posting a 5.07 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP to go along with a 6-10 record in 131.1 innings pitched.  Pineda is (2-3) with a 3.54 ERA in 56 career innings pitched against Toronto.

Edwin Encarnacion continues to produce at a high level, going 10 for his last 22 at bats, belting three home runs and six RBI’s in his last six games.  The 33-year old slugger is having a monster season, batting .271 with 33 home runs and a Major League leading 97 RBI’s.  The Blue Jays power hitting lineup is averaging 4.81 runs per game, good for 6th in the Majors but they are hitting .247 as a team. The Blue Jays pitching has been outstanding, featuring a 3.73 team ERA, ranking them 6th overall.

The Yankees are scoring an average of 4.16 runs per game, ranking the 22nd overall, and have a .250 team batting average. The New York pitching has been mediocre, posting a 4.27 team ERA, placing them 20th in the Major Leagues.

Blue Jays Betting Trends:

Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss
Blue Jays are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record
Blue Jays are 17-8 in their last 25 vs. American League East
Blue Jays are 14-2 in Estradas last 16 starts when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game
Blue Jays are 5-1 in Estradas last 6 road starts
Blue Jays are 5-1 in Estradas last 6 starts vs. American League East

Yankees Betting Trends:

Yankees are 5-2 in Pinedas last 7 home starts vs. a team with a winning record
Yankees are 3-8 in Pinedas last 11 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance
Yankees are 3-9 in Pinedas last 12 starts vs. American League East
Yankees are 3-9 in Pinedas last 12 starts when their opponent allows 2 runs or less in their previous game

 

Blue Jays vs Yankees AL East Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays -125

Siding with the Blue Jays in this matchup and look for Toronto to bounce back after a tough loss last night.  Estrada has been very consistent this season, allowing three or fewer earned runs in all but two starts this season.  In addition, he has beaten the Yankees both times he’s faced them this season.  Pineda is a hard thrower but the Blue Jays lineup is very deep and should be able to get to him as his struggles this season will continue tonight.

 

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