MLB Picks: Blue Jays vs. Yankees

Jeff Grant

Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:21 PM GMT

Mark Buehrle and Hiroki Kuroda will face off for a second consecutive start Thursday night, as the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees open up a four-game series.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds for this American League East matchup at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Sputtering

Toronto will attempt to win back-to-back games for just the second time during the 2013 MLB campaign, as it comes off a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles as -128 road favorites Wednesday afternoon, while going OVER the total of 8.5. 

The Blue Jays are 0-4 in their last four games following a win, while the UNDER is on a 4-1 run in that particular situation. 

Back to the Bronx 

New York split its six-game road trip, as it suffered a 3-0 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays as +124 underdogs Wednesday night, while going UNDER the betting total of 7. 

The Yankees are 4-0 in their last four games as home favorites of -110 to -150, while falling short of the total in each of those contests. 

Buehrle 

Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (1-0, 5.87 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 5-3 home loss to the Yankees last time out, as he allowed three runs (two earned) and seven hits over seven frames, while issuing just a single walk and striking out seven. 

The left-hander is 1-8 with a 6.03 ERA in 13 career starts versus the Bronx Bombers—his worst ERA against any MLB team. 

Kuroda 

Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 2.35 ERA) has led the club to three consecutive victories, but he also failed to earn a decision against Buehrle five days ago, as he allowed one run and three hits in 7.1 frames. 

The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA in four lifetime appearances versus the Blue Jays, while New York has captured a victory in six of his last seven outings against division rivals overall.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees as one of their MLB picks Thursday night, as they’ve won all three of their games as home favorites of -125 to -175 this season, while the UNDER is 3-0 in that situation. 

It’s also important to note that New York has won 17 of its last 22 home games against Toronto. 

MLB Pick:  New York Yankees -142 at Pinnacle