MLB Picks: Toronto Blue Jays vs. NY Yankees

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 12:10 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 12:10 PM UTC

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

The Toronto Blue Jays are one of the highest scoring teams in baseball, which will lead to some runs in facing New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka for a second time this season.

Putting up some numbers
Toronto owns a 4.5-game lead in the division due to leading the Majors with 92 home runs and ranking third in scoring 334 runs.

The Blue Jays are 4-6 in their last 10 contests, with the UNDER going 9-0-1 over that span.

MLB handicappers will find that the club has won three of four opportunities as a road underdog of +150 to +175 this season, with no edge in regards to the betting total (2-2 Over/Under).

 Returning home
New York went 5-4 on its recently completed nine-game road trip against the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals, as it now prepares to play its next 15 contests versus division rivals.

The Yankees are a disappointing 13-16 at home during the 2014 campaign, with the UNDER going 17-12 in that situation.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a respectable 28-16 as home favorites of -150 to -175.

Marcus Stroman (3-1, 5.18 ERA) will be making his ninth appearance (fourth start) for the Blue Jays this season, as he looks to bounce back from a 7-2 home defeat to the Minnesota Twins last time out.

The right-hander has thrown just two innings on the road this season, while he’s issued three walks and struck out 21 batters in 24.1 overall innings.

Stroman, a Medford, N.Y. native, will likely have 100-plus friends and family in the stands for his first career outing versus the Bronx Bombers.

Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (10-1, 2.02 ERA) is coming off a 4-2 complete game road victory over the Seattle Mariners—surrendering just two runs and six hits.

The right-hander has put together a perfect 4-0 record and 1.91 ERA in six home outings, with opposing hitters batting .197 against him.

Tanaka picked up a 7-3 road win over the Blue Jays in his first career start against them on April 4.
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I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the OVER is 9-4 in the Blue Jays’ last 13 games as road underdogs.
Pick:  Over 8

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