The 2022 MLB season goes on Wednesday, April 13, with a 13-game card, so we are taking a closer look at the American League East showdown from Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York to get you the best Blue Jays vs. Yankees betting pick and odds.
According to Caesars NY, the Yankees are -131 moneyline favorites with a total of 8.5 runs. New York and Toronto continue a four-game series, and the Blue Jays blanked the Yanks in the opener, 3-0.
The Blue Jays finally showed some quality pitching
The Toronto Blue Jays improved to 3-1 on the season following Monday’s victory at Yankee Stadium (Tuesday night’s Game 2 has been excluded from the analysis). After yielding a whopping 23 runs in a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers, the Blue Jays got some help from Alek Manoah, who fanned seven Yankees through six scoreless innings.
The 24-year-old righty allowed only one hit and walked four, while Jordan Romano scattered a couple of hits to record his third save of the season. On the other side of the ball, the Blue Jays had ten hits, and George Springer enjoyed a wonderful game, going 3-of-5 for a home run, a couple of doubles, and three RBIs in total.
Toronto has already smacked eight home runs in 2022, all against the right-handed pitchers. Six guys have gone deep. The Blue Jays are slashing .279/.336/.507 as a team, while their pitching staff owns the fifth-highest ERA in the majors (5.75).
The Yankees hope to bounce back against another righty
The New York Yankees fell to 2-2 on the young season following that disappointing performance against the Blue Jays. They just won a three-game home series against the Red Sox, albeit Boston beat them 4-3 in the closer.
Jamison Taillon tossed five innings against the Blue Jays, allowing a couple of earned runs on five hits. He also fanned six and allowed no free passes. Michael King yielded one more run in relief, and the Yankees used only a couple of guys from their bullpen.
Through their first four outings in 2022, the Yankees have recorded a 3.08 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. They’ve walked only 2.6 per nine innings. On the other side of the ball, the Yanks have registered an underwhelming .214/.316/.351 slash line.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees Pick
Jose Berrios will take the mound for the Blue Jays. The 27-year-old righty was horrible on Opening Day, recording one out while yielding four earned runs on three hits and a couple of walks. He can only do better this time around, and the current Yankees have a poor .490 OPS in 89 at-bats against Berrios. Keep your eyes on Aaron Judge, who’s 5-for-10 against Jose.
On the other side, Gerrit Cole will toe the slab for the hosts. The 31-year-old righty yielded three earned runs on four hits and a walk in four innings of work on Opening Day. The current Blue Jays have a .931 OPS and six home runs in 127 at-bats against him, but Cole is 5-1 with a 3.33 ERA in nine career starts against Toronto.
New York’s bullpen could be an X-factor, so I lean the Yankees. Their bullpen sports a 1.19 ERA and 2.97 FIP, while the Blue Jays’ relievers carry a 4.22 ERA and an awful 6.06 FIP.
Pick: Take New York Yankees at -131
The Blue Jays’ lineup is terrifying, so it’s tough to bet under on their games. Also, Toronto’s pitching staff is pretty unpredictable and has struggled in the opening series against the Rangers. On the other side, the Yankees have a lot of dangerous weapons in their lineup, while their bullpen should be one of the best in baseball in 2022.
The under is 13-6-1 in the last 20 encounters between the Blue Jays and Yankees. But four of the previous six have gone over the total, producing nine or more runs in the total.
Pick: Go over 8.5 runs at -115