Yankees vs. Blue Jays Predictions 9/22/20

by | Sep 22, 2020 | mlb

New York Yankees (31-23) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (28-26), 9/22/20

Time: 6:37 pm ET Tuesday, Sept. 22

Where: Sahlen Field

Listed Pitchers: Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.00) vs. Tanner Roark (2-2, 6.41)

TV: ESPN

Moneyline: Yankees -250/Blue Jays +230 (Get MLB Dimelines - Underdogs pay more!)

Over/Under: 9.5

The Yankees are in the playoffs, while the Blue Jays are close to clinching a postseason spot, heading into the second game of a four-game AL East series at the Jays’ temporary home in Buffalo Tuesday night. How are we playing this game with our free MLB pick?

MLB Betting Odds

Tuesday’s MLB betting odds opened New York and Cole at around -230 over Toronto and Roark, with an over/under of 9.5 runs. Early betting action then bumped the Yankees to -250.

New York could also be found getting upwards of +135, giving the run and a half against the run line.

Yankees vs. Blue Jays Set-Up

Toronto took the opener of this series Monday night 11-5. The Blue Jays spotted New York the first run of the game in the second inning, then scored five of their own in the third and four more in the fourth and hung on from there for the win and the cash as +135 underdogs on the MLB betting odds.

Monday’s game also played over its total of 10.5 runs.

Monday’s win was Toronto’s second straight, following a six-game losing skid.

Monday’s loss was the Yankees’ second straight, following a 10-game winning streak.

At 31-23 overall, New York sits in second place in the AL East, 4.5 games behind first-place Tampa Bay. But the Yankees have also already clinched a spot in the upcoming American League playoffs, so they’re really just playing for seeding from here on out.

Meanwhile, at 28-26 overall, the Blue Jays own the No. 7 spot in the AL standings and need just a couple more wins to secure a wild-card playoff spot.

New York leads the season series with Toronto four games to three.

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Tuesday’s Starting Arms

This pitching match-up is a rematch of a game played last Wednesday, a 13-2 Yankees victory in the Bronx.

Roark is a “perfect” 0/9 on quality starts this season. Last Wednesday, he got bombed by these Yankees for six runs and six hits, including four home runs, through four innings of that 13-2 Toronto defeat. And over his last four starts, he’s allowed 16 runs and 23 hits, including nine dingers, through 17 1/3 innings.

On the season, somehow, the Blue Jays are 6-3 with Roark, although 0-2 over his last two starts.

Over two starts this season against the Yankees, both over the last couple of weeks, Roark allowed eight runs and six home runs through eight innings. Toronto lost both those games.

Cole is 7/11 on quality starts this season. Last Wednesday, he held these Blue Jays to one run and three hits through seven innings of that 13-2 New York victory. And over his last three starts, he’s allowed six runs – just two earned – and nine hits through 20 innings, with five walks and 27 strikeouts.

On the season, the Yankees are 7-4 with Cole, although only 2-4 over his last six starts.

All seven of New York’s wins this year with Cole have come by at least three runs.

Tuesday’s Batting Splits

New York is batting .252 this season against right-handed pitching, with a .348 team OBP and a .468 team slugging percentage. The Yankees have also scored at least five runs six times over their last seven games.

Toronto is batting .246/.320/.439 vs. RH pitching this season. The Blue Jays have also scored at least six runs six times over their last nine games.

The Bullpens

The New York bullpen owns a 4.49 ERA this season and a 1.35 WHIP.

The Toronto pen owns a 4.60 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.

MLB Betting Trends

  • The Yankees are just 11-16 on the road this season.
  • The Blue Jays are 13-11 at “home” this season.
  • The Yankees are 25-17 against right-handed starters this season.
  • The Blue Jays are 18-19 vs. RH starters this season.

Totals Report

  • Overs are 26-24 in Yankees games this season.
  • Unders are 26-25 in Blue Jays games this season.
  • Overs are 11-8 in games played at Sahlen Field this season.
  • Overs are 5-2 in Yankees-Blue Jays games this season.
  • Overs are a combined 10-9 when Roark and Cole start this season.

Free MLB Pick

The last time these two pitchers met, New York won 13-2. The Yanks are also 7-4 with Cole against the run line. New York is the pick here, but that price is a bit too steep for our taste. So we’ll give the run and a half and play the Yankees against the run line. Bet today’s MLB picks for FREE by taking advantage of a 100% real cash bonus where you can deposit $100 to $300 and they’ll reward you with a dollar for dollar match! Find this sweet offer at MyBookie Sportsbook!

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