MLB Picks: Hughes & Yankees vs. Dickey & Blue Jays

Joe Freda

Monday, August 26, 2013 1:07 PM GMT

The New York Yankees & Hughes will start off a series with the Dickey & the Toronto Blue Jays. What are the baseball odds looking like for this event?

The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays pulled out late wins in Sunday’s MLB betting, ending sets in Tampa Bay and Houston. Monday’s action has the foes opening a three-game series at Rogers Centre, with Toronto’s R.A. Dickey (9-12, 4.49 ERA) facing New York’s Phil Hughes (4-12, 4.88 ERA). 

Yankees, Jays escape with victories 

New York cashed as a 143 underdog against the MLB odds with Sunday’s 3-2 triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays, prevailing in 11 frames. Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson poked a sacrifice fly for his club’s go-ahead run, while closer Mariano Rivera gave up no hits for his 38th save. 

Toronto ended a seven-game losing streak on the same afternoon, notching a 2-1 win as 146 road ‘chalk’ against the Houston Astros. Blue Jays mates Moises Sierra and Ryan Goins notched their side’s pair of runs in the ninth inning, including a bases-loaded walk by Sierra. 

Hughes cashes at home

Hughes’ last start came against Toronto, logging a no-decision in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory for New York as a 128 home favorite. The 27-year-old allowed two runs over six frames, giving up seven hits and two walks. 

New York’s Jayson Nix ended the affair with a walkoff single, adding an RBI to an earlier homer as part of a 2-for-4 night. Yankees catcher Austin Romine hit 3-for-3 from the lineup’s No. 9 slot, including one double. 

Dickey goes eight in defeat 

Dickey took the hill in the set’s next night, with Toronto logging a 4-2 defeat as a 110 underdog. The Nashville native tossed nine strikeouts over eight innings, allowing all four runs on six hits.

Toronto’s Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion were held to a combined 0-for-6, striking out three times. Blue Jays infielders Brett Lawrie and Munenori Kawasaki each left four men on base, hitting 2-for-8. 

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Back the UNDER in Toronto 

William Hill opened Dickey as a 115 home favorite, while first posting the ‘total’ at a flat nine. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is expected to play after recovering from a calf strain, while Toronto’s Jose Bautista remains on the disabled list with a hip injury. 

I am backing the UNDER as part of my sports picks for Monday’s card, looking for the series to start off tight. 

Dickey has seen both of his starts against New York cash UNDER tickets, holding Joe Girardi’s club to a combined 10 hits over the 15-inning span. The Yankees enter the series hitting just .230 against righties away from home, while logging just 2.3 RPG in the first three games of their road trip. 

Hughes has held his own facing Toronto’s lineup, allowing four earned runs over a pair of six-inning stints. The two matchups included 15 strikeouts thrown by the former All-Star, while getting to face an even weaker Blue Jays lineup this time around due to injuries. 

The UNDER is 8-3-2 in New York’s last 13 spots played with a ‘total’ set between nine and 10 ½, while Toronto has seen the UNDER cash at 10-2 in its last 12 spots against American League East foes. Look for UNDER backers to get the money again, adding to the 5-2 clip for the wager over the last seven meetings between these rivals.

Free Pick: UNDER 9 at William Hill