Free MLB Picks: Blue Jays Lineup Ready To Take On Yankees

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:52 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 26, 2016 12:52 PM UTC

Last night the Blue Jays avenged their series opening loss to the Yankees and snapped New York's six-game winning streak in the process. Let's review the MLB odds and get on the sharp side.

Swinger's 2016 MLB Record: 23-12, +10.94 units

Toronto Blue Jays (23-25, -8.2 units)
It was just a matter of time before the Blue Jays' big bats awoke and I had a feeling it would be last night which is why I included them in my MLB picks in yesterday's write-up. Catcher Russell Martin blasted his first two home runs of the season while Michael Saunders added another in the 8-4 Toronto triumph. Starter Marco Estrada was dealing a two-hitter into the seventh inning until the Yankees tagged him for three runs but the bleeding was stopped, albeit for one run, by the Blue Jays relief corps. Toronto is now tied with the Rays in the AL East basement and has now won four of their last six.

Southpaw J.A. Happ (5-2, 3.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) gets the assignment for the Jays this afternoon and will look to get back on the winning track after dropping his last two starts. Happ was installed as a -170 favorite by the MLB odds makers in his last start in Minnesota but he came up a tough luck loser after dealing seven plus innings, allowing three runs on three hits in the 5-3 loss. It was a decent effort after rebounding from a hellacious outing in his previous start when he hammered for eight runs over just two innings of work in a 13-2 throttling at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays.


New York Yankees (22-23, -2.6 units)
The controversial 40-year-old aging superstar Alex Rodriguez could very well make his return this afternoon after rehabbing from a strained hamstring while another former All-Star, Mark Teixeira, will most likely be riding the pine after a string of disappointing offensive efforts. The Bombers hope to bounce back after their loss to the Jays last night and try to inch their way back to the elusive .500 mark that they reached in their victory over Toronto in the opener of this three-game set. Only a half game separates the Yanks from the AL East cellar which currently houses the Blue Jays and the Rays.

Former Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star C.C. Sabathia (3-2, 3.41 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) takes the bump for New York tonight and will try to continue his short string of solid performances. Sabathia returned from the DL (groin) in his last outing and pitched six innings of three hit, one run ball in an 8-3 win over the Athletics on Friday. The 35-year-old lefty is 15-6 lifetime against the Blue Jays with an ERA of 3.35 and a WHIP of 1.105. His team's record is 15-7 (+4.9 units) in these starts.



Betting Analysis
Despite the fact that the Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia holds an impressive 15-6 record over the Blue Jays over his career, we should note that many of those victories came when Sabathia wore younger man’s clothes. Over the past three years the former standout hurler has a 5.19 ERA against the hard hitting Jays and has allowed an average of four runs in six innings of work over his last three starts against Toronto.

J.A. Happ, on the other hand, has a 2.27 road ERA this season and has allowed just two runs to score with a lefty batter at the plate. The Yankees lineup is replete with left-handed hitters and that should bode well for the wily veteran. Happ put on a stellar pitching performance in his last outing against the Yankees which came on April 13th in a 7-2 Toronto win where he pitched six solid innings allowing just one run on seven hits. This afternoon he, along with a rejuvenated Toronto lineup, will do it all over again for my MLB Pick.

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MLB Pick: Blue Jays -107 
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