The New York Yankees (67-46) and Toronto Blue Jays (53-60) will close out a three-game American League East series on Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:07 ET
New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays
New York has won four games in a row and will look to complete a three-game road sweep of Toronto on Sunday, as the offense has combined to score 15 runs in the first two games of the series. The Yankees swept the Blue Jays in a three-game set in the Bronx in mid-July. Offensively, the team lands in a great situational spot, as it looks to improve upon its AL-best 24-14 record against southpaw starters. New York is 24-13 in day games, with the “under” going 25-12 in those contests.
Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (11-9, 4.10 ERA) will look to bounce back from a 6-5 road loss to the Detroit Tigers in his last effort, allowing four runs and eight hits over 4.1 innings of work. The right-hander is 3-6 with a 4.58 ERA in 10 road outings, issuing 13 walks and striking out 51 batters in 57 combined frames. In 19 career games (12 starts) versus the Blue Jays, Hughes has compiled a 3-4 mark and 4.38 ERA.
Toronto is dealing with a rash of injuries that has caused the club to compete with five players in the lineup that began the 2012 MLB campaign in Triple-A Las Vegas. The Blue Jays have lost 11 of their last 13 games, with the offense averaging just 2.38 runs per contest in that span. Outfielder Colby Rasmus is expected to miss his second straight game, which is a big blow due to ranking third on the club in home runs. Toronto is 10-8 when playing on Sunday this year.
Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ (7-10, 4.98 ERA) will be making his sixth appearance (second start) for his new team, posting an 0-1 record and 6.35 ERA. The left-hander is 6-5 with a 4.46 ERA in 13 games (11 starts) when pitching inside his home ballpark, issuing 29 walks and striking out 56 batters in 70.2 innings. Happ didn’t factor into the decision in his only career regular-season start against the Yankees, allowing two runs and four hits over six frames in a 6-5 road loss on May 23, 2009.
Sports bettors will want to play the total, as the UNDER has cashed in seven of the last eight meetings in this series.