If you’re a New York Yankees MLB betting fan, you have to be wondering what your team has to do to make some ground – any ground at all – on the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. Last weekend, the Yankees swept the Atlanta Braves by a combined total of 38-11 – and they did not pick up even half a game on Toronto.
MLB Betting Editorial: The Transformed Toronto Blue Jays
The Yankees knocked off the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, even though Boston starter Rick Porcello struck out 13 Yankees in eight dominant innings. The Yankees used Michael Pineda’s first quality start since the All-Star Game (6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 7 K, 0 BB). Toronto closer Roberto Osuna ended a string of 17 straight converted saves since late June, yielding a game-tying blast to Indians catcher Yan Gomes. Then, centerfielder Abraham Almonte tripled for the Tribe. However, Osuna was able to keep Almonte from scoring, and so the game went to extras.
In the 10th, Mark Lowe and Brett Cecil were able to pitch around a one-out double by Francisco Lindor, sending the game to the bottom of the 10th inning. Indians righthander Bryan Shaw was back out on the mound for a second inning. Dioner Navarro cracked a single. Kevin Pillar hit a fly ball out to Almonte. Then Shaw lft a slider hanging on a 1-0 count, and Ryan Goins drove it into the seats in right field to give the Blue Jays a 5-3 win. Goins had only hit four other home runs that year, and seven other home runs in his entire career. This was his first walk-off hit in the major leagues. Once again, it held the Yankees 1 ½ games behind the Blue Jays in that race for the American League East crown.
Goins is having to play second base full time for the Blue Jays now that rookie Devon Travis has injured his left shoulder. While his history has been one of good fielding but no hitting, Goins has hit .324 with three home runs in 87 trips to the plate in the last 26 games. He has started 23 of those affairs – 21 of them at second base. Since Troy Tulowitzki came to the team on July 29, the Jays have gone 25-6 for a scorching .806 winning percentage. The only team to deal the Jays consecutive losses during that span? You guessed it? The New York Yankees, in the middle of August.
In fact, head-to-head wins may be the only choice left for the Yankees. The two teams play four more in New York from September 10-13. While it’s usually the games between the Red Sox and the Yankees that lead to September suspense, this year it is the Blue Jays. They are a threat to advance in the playoffs and rebuild a legacy of greatness that last appeared in the mid 1990s, when Joe Carter was on the field and the team slugged its way to a World Series win. If the Yankees can’t knock off the Blue Jays in the Bronx, they may only be able to sit and watch as they salt away the division.