Yankees vs Blue Jays MLB Betting Preview
After being in the AL East race for most of the season the Blue Jays have really struggled in the last few weeks and now they are 5 games under .500 and are in the basement of the division. While they are 2-8 in their last 10 games they have beaten the Yankees in 3 straight.
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Venue/ Stadium: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Time/Date: 7:07 PM EST Friday, August 10, 2012
MLB Odds From: Bovada
Moneyline: Yankees -130 / Blue Jays +120
Over/Under: 9.5 runs
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Freddy Garcia (5-5, 5.00 ERA) vs. Blue Jays LH Ricky Romero (8-8, 5.47)
New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Preview
New York is 5-5 in their last 10 games and has a 5.5 game lead over Baltimore in the division. MLB lines have the visiting Yankees as the favorite with a total of 9.5 runs.
In their last games the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 while the Rays lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1.
This season the Yankees have an O/U record of 46-63 with a run-line W/L record of 58-53 and the Blue Jays have an O/U record of 53-51 with a run-line W/L record of 59-52.
The Blue Jays have won 4 of their last 5 games against the Yankees in Toronto.
On the season the Blue Jays are 28-23 at home and the Yankees are 31-24 on the road.
Freddy Garcia (5-5, 5.00 ERA) goes for the Yankees tonight and in his last start he gave up 2 earned runs in 5 innings in a win over the Seattle Mariners. Ricky Romero (8-8, 5.47 ERA) is on the hill for the Blue Jays and while he was solid in his last start giving up only 1 earned run in 7 innings he got no run support and took a no decision facing the Oakland A’s.
Romero had a good last outing, but he lost his previous 7 starts with a less than impressive ERA of 9.44 in that span.
Garcia has had no luck in Toronto and he is 0-5 with a 9.42 ERA in his last 6 starts there and he has not won north of the border since the 2000 season when he was with the Mariners.
The Blue Jays were swept in their last series and they are banged up missing regulars Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie, J.P. Arencibia, and Adam Lind.
Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion ranks 3rd in the AL in HR and while he has struggled lately he is hitting .368 with 4 doubles a HR this season against the Yankees.
In some betting trends for this AL East match up the Yankees are 13-6 in their last 19 vs. a team with a losing record, 2-5 in Garcia’s last 7 starts as a road favorite, and they have an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
The Blue Jays are 2-9 in their last 11 games, 1-7 in Romero’s last 8 starts, and they have an Over record of 6-2-1 in their last 9 games a home underdog.
Jason’s Pick: The Blue Jays are struggling, but at home and behind another strong start from Romero I think they will win in a slight upset.