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MLB Wednesday: Jays Host Yankees

Toronto Blue Jays

Yankees Look to Continue Series Winning Streak Against Jays

This Wednesday, the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees will play the second game of a three-game set in Toronto. New York holds a 2.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East. They are coming off of a series victory over the Boston Red Sox, and a game one loss to the Blue Jays.

TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, YES (New York), SportsnetOne, Sportsnet360 (Toronto); LINE: Yankees -188; O/U: 8 1/2 -110.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH James Paxton (3-2, 2.81 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.53)

The Yankees have won nine consecutive series for the first time in 21 years. That streak could be in jeopardy tonight. The Yankees have also lost back-to-back games for the first time in over a month by dropping a 4-3 decision in the series opener last night.

Clint Frazier had a nightmarish game in right field that contributed to Sunday’s 8-5 loss to Boston. He atoned somewhat with a two-run homer Tuesday for New York. Aaron Hicks also homered and added a double to halt a 12-game drought without an extra-base hit for the Yankees. What did the Bronx-Bombers in was they were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Freddy Galvis was hitless in 12 at-bats over his previous three games, but he clubbed a two-run homer to help Toronto snap a six-game losing streak. Randal Grichuk also homered, which was a welcome sight. He was 2-for-23 on the six-game road trip. The Blue Jays are in position to post back-to-back wins for the first time since April 27-28.

This, That, and a Dart Throw

Paxton is making his return to the rotation for the Yankees. He was sidelined for nearly four weeks with an ailing knee. Paxton did not allow a hit and struck out seven in his last outing. He threw four scoreless innings in a no-decision against San Diego a week ago. He closed out April with three strong outings by striking out 32 and allowing three runs and 10 hits over 19 2/3 innings. Paxton is a pedestrian 3-3 with a 4.54 ERA in six starts versus the Blue Jays. He did throw a no-hitter at Rogers Centre while with Seattle in May 2018. New York is hoping to get star shortstop Didi Gregorius back from injury sometime during this road trip, so Toronto fans could see his first action of the season. 2B DJ LeMahieu has hit safely in nine straight games.

The Blue Jays will counter with Thornton. He did not factor in the decision for his third straight start last time out at Tampa Bay. He lasted 4 2/3 innings and giving up three runs on seven hits with three walks. The rookie was solid in his previous two starts. He struck out a career-best 10 and allowed three runs in six innings versus San Diego on May 24th. This was after yielding one run on three hits over six innings at the Chicago White Sox. He is facing the Yankees for the first time. Thornton has a 0-3 record with a 6.23 ERA in six starts at home. 2B Eric Sogard is 5-for-9 in the past two games.

The Dart Throw: Yankees 7, Blue Jays 2

MLB Betting Odds & Trends

New York Yankees
NY Yankees is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games
NY Yankees is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees’s last 7 games
NY Yankees is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
NY Yankees is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of NY Yankees’s last 10 games on the road
NY Yankees is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees’s last 7 games when playing Toronto
NY Yankees is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
Toronto is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 6 games
Toronto is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games at home
Toronto is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto’s last 8 games at home
Toronto is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games when playing NY Yankees
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 6 games when playing at home against NY Yankees

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