Pick Blue Jays +104 vs. Yankees in Crucial AL East Series

Charles Stark

Friday, August 7, 2015 12:04 PM GMT

Back the Blue Jays with your MLB picks as they take on the New York Yankees, who lead them by 4 games. Find out the details here as R.A. Dickey & Nathan Eovaldi take the mound.

Blue Jays vs. Yankees MLB odds
The Blue Jays came out with a little bit of plus money as the underdog in this spot which makes a lot of sense considering they are playing in New York with a pretty even pitching matchup statistically. At most places the line is at +100 or little bit higher on Toronto and at 5Dimes you get them at +105. Any type of plus money in my opinion is good value on the hottest team in the American League.

 

Toronto
For the Blue Jays Dickey takes the Hill with a 4.06 ERA, 1.24 whip, 90 strikeouts, and a 6-10 record. After kind of a rough start at the beginning of the year he is starting to settle in like the solid starter he can be. In his last two starts he has allowed zero earned runs over 15 innings and in his last five starts he has only allowed five total earned runs in 36 innings. He has been tough against the Yankees this season allowing only two earned runs in 14 innings and two starts.

Toronto is one of the top hitting teams in the major leagues statistically, and have a seriously dangerous lineup. They lead the major leagues in runs scored per game at 5.30, and OPS at .777. They are also ranked fifth in batting average as a team hitting .263. There just is not a lot of holes in this line up so they should have some quality at-bats today against Eovaldi.

 

New York
For the Yankees Eovaldi will get the start with a 4.30 ERA, 1.49 whip, 85 strikeouts, and an 11-2 record. He has been an enigma this season as he just continues to win although his numbers are really middle-of-the-road. He has been decent in his last five starts allowing 12 earned runs in 28 innings. He has yet the face though this really solid Toronto lineup and I look for him to struggle a bit today against a strong offensive team in the Blue Jays.

Offensively New York is one of the tops in the major leagues. They are second ranked in runs scored per game at 4.96, third in OPS at .767, and rank seventh in batting average hitting .259 as a team. As already mentioned though they have struggled against Dickey a couple times already this season and I look for them to have a bit more success today but not enough to win this game.

Really good matchup today between two hard hitting teams. Between the pitching matchup of Dickey and Eovaldi for me the nod goes to Dickey as he has been pitching better as of recently and is already had some success against the Yankees this season. It's never easy to place MLB picks against the Yankees at home at any time but this a good spot for the Blue Jays a come in and take the first game of this crucial AL East series, back the value on the Blue Jays, this is going to be a great series to watch.

MLB Picks: Blue Jays +104 at The Greek