Blue Jays Poised To Rebound In The Bronx Tonight

Aaron Sanchez in action

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 2:49 PM GMT

The Blue Jays will look to rebound after dropping the first of a three-game set with the Yankees on Monday. Let's review the MLB odds and see which side is the right side in this AL East showdown.

It was a double dip of defeat yesterday as I unwisely bet against the steamrolling Chicago Cubs for the second straight day and got burned for doing so. After cashing in on Madison Bumgarner and the Giants as a decently priced underdog on Saturday we went right back to the same undervalued well in our MLB picks but the Giants couldn't hold a 2-1 lead in the ninth and ultimately lost 3-2 in the 13th inning.

Yesterday, we saw that the Cubs were flying out to Milwaukee after that extra innings grinder on Sunday and figured we would take a chance on yet another underdog, as well as "under" in what the MLB odds makers were offering, which was eight total runs. It wasn't bad enough that the Brew Crew got drilled but Milwaukee had to add a meaningless run in the bottom of the ninth to make the score 7-2 which, of course, made my total bet go from a push to a loss.

Let's get back on the winning track my friends, as we have shaken off the Labor Day blues and are now back to work with our heads on straight. Let's do this.

 

Bombers Still in the Hunt
The Blue Jays have been treading water, splitting its last 16 contests, and have now lost three of its last four yet still hold a tenuous one game lead in the AL East over Boston. Meanwhile, the Yankees are still in contention, trailing the division leaders by 5 ½ games and hoping to leapfrog the Orioles and Red Sox in order to vie for the AL East crown.

The fact that New York is still contending is somewhat of a surprise considering they looked as though they were packing it in a few weeks after the All-Star break when they sent flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Adam Warren and three prospects, slugger Carlos Beltran to the Rangers for three prospects, as well as ticketing reliever Andrew Miller to the Indians for four minor leaguers. GM Brian Cashman capped off his dizzying fire sale by moving starting pitcher Ivan Nova to the Pirates for players to be named later. But since August 1st the Yankees have gone 19-13 without those key components and though the club’s prospects for postseason glory dim with each passing loss, they are still in the hunt for at least a wild card berth and perhaps the division title.

 

Betting Analysis
We know that the Blue Jays can bang with Edward Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista providing the thunder along with Russell Martin, Michael Saunders and perennial All-Star Troy Tulowitzki supplying the lightning. Martin and Tulowitzki sat out yesterday’s game but will be back in the lineup for this middle game of the three-game road set in the Bronx.

The pitching matchup favors the Jays who have 24-year-old Aaron Sanchez (13-2, 2.94, 1.17) chucking after he held the Orioles to one run (unearned) and only five hits in six innings of work leading to a 5-3 victory in Baltimore on Wednesday. The Yankees will counter with lightly tested rookie Luis Cessa (2-0, 3.00, 0.98) who has pitched admirably but has never faced the likes of the Blue Jays.

My heart goes out to the underdog Yankees but my head says bet the Jays despite the pricey number on the road team. Toronto has Martin and Tulowitzki well rested and back in the lineup tonight along with a pitcher in a Sanchez who is 8-1 with a 2.62 ERA on the highway this season. I say we lay the lumber and get back to cashing.

 

Free MLB Pick: Blue Jays -153
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes
Swinger’s MLB Record: 71-46, +23.70 units

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