Given the outrageous salaries in major league baseball, it is difficult for teams to be consistently good every single year, simply because players now move around more often than ever before. This usually means that teams go from being a major contender to being in rebuilding status in a very short period of time.
That appears to be what has happened to the Toronto Blue Jays, as their window of opportunity appears to have been officially slammed shut. This was something that we all new was coming, though, as it was made crystal clear last season that they would not be able to hold on to all their top personnel. It is a very different story in the Big Apple, as the Yankees appear to have awoken from their self-imposed slumber of the past couple of seasons. They have the lead in the AL East, and will have a chance to put a little more distance between themselves and the bottom-dwelling Blue Jays when they meet in Toronto on Thursday night.
A Closer Look At Yankees vs Blue Jays MLB Odds & Game Info
When: Thursday, June 1 at 7:07 PM EST
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto
Starting Pitchers: CC Sabathia Vs Marco Estrada
TV: YES, MLBN, SNET360, SNET-1, TVA Sports
Radio: WADO 1280, WFAN 660 / 101.9 FM, SN590
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the New York Yankees
The NY Yankees (30-19) have been a whole lot better than most people expected this season, and are currently holding a 3-game lead atop the division. They will have the chance to win another series when they close out a 3-game set with the Orioles on Wednesday night, which is a game that you would expect them to win. The Yankees have done a good job of staying consistent and avoiding slumps this season, which is certainly easier to do when you have some real power in the line-up. Aaron Judge has proved that he belongs in the bigs, having already belted 17 dingers out the ball park. The Yankees are just 13-11 on the road, and will be looking to improve that mark this weekend. CC Sabathia (5-2, 4.42 ERA) will start.
Why bet on the Toronto Blue Jays
It may not yet be time to start pouring the dirt on the Toronto Blue Jays (25-27), as they have suddenly started to find ways to win. They have won 7 of their last 8 games, and while they are still in the basement in the AL East, the 6.5-game deficit from top to bottom is not necessarily one that is too big to overcome, especially with so many games still to play. The Jays bats have come to life, including scoring 23 runs in their last two games versus the Cincinnati Reds. If they can complete the sweep in that series on Wednesday, they will be coming into this one feeling pretty darn good about themselves. Marco Estrada (4-2, 3.15 ERA) will start for Toronto.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Blue Jays are hot right now, and are 4-1 in their current home stand, which has finally put them over .500 in their own building. A good pitching match-up here, and one that I think Toronto can win.