There is always a lot made of the trades that come at the deadline, with everyone ready to give their 2 cents worth about who won and who lost. The Toronto Blue Jays were considered to be among the big winners and baseball betting favorites, and the sense was that they really had to be, as they had a lot of ground to make up if they wanted to be in the playoffs. They will have the chance to close the gap some more on Saturday when they hit the road to face the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon.
Toronto at NY Yankees MLB Betting Favorite for Saturday & TV Info
Date/Time: Saturday, August 8th, 1:05 PM
Venue: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
TV: YES, MLBN
Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Opening Line: Toronto -125
The first move that the Blue Jays (58-52) made was to bring Troy Tulowitzki over from the Colorado Rockies. This was a trade that came as a bit of a surprise, as the last thing the Jays needed was more power in their line-up. That was just the start, though, as they then went out and boosted their starting rotation by landing David Price from the Tigers. To say that these moves have had the desired effect is putting things a little mildly, as the Blue Jays have gone on a tear that has moved them into the final Wild Card spot in the AL. Price is winning, Tulowitzki is hitting, and the Toronto Blue Jays have become a force to be reckoned with after winning 5 straight. Marco Estrada (9-6, 3.40 ERA) will start for the Jays on Sunday as he goes in search of his third straight win.
The New York Yankees (61.46) still hold a 4.5 game lead over the Blue Jays in the AL East, but they have to be looking in the rearview mirror just a little. These two teams will square off 6 times over the course of the next week, and you have to wonder how the division is going to look after that. To their credit, the Yankees have given no indication that they are ready to crack under the pressure. They are a steady, if unspectacular, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and are unbeaten in all 6 series they have played to start the second half. The Yankees have built their record this season on the foundation of a solid home record, where they are 32-18 at time of writing. That should give them some real confidence heading into this crucial series. Masahiro Tanaka (8-4, 3.84 ERA) will start for the Yankees, who always seem to find a way to win when he pitches.
Key Baseball Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays
- Toronto is 5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games
- Toronto is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Toronto is 5-19-1 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
New York Yankees
- NY Yankees is 17-7-1 SU in its last 25 games
- NY Yankees is 6-1-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
- NY Yankees is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
- NY Yankees is 19-5-1 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Toronto
- NY Yankees is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
This has all the makings of a great series, and is one that could really set the division alight. It’s a good pitching match-up, too, making this a tough one to call. I’m going with the hunch play on this one and taking the Blue Jays.