Toronto (22-24) at NY Yankees (21-22)
When: Tuesday, May 24th 2016
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: RSN1, YES
The red-hot New York Yankees will begin a three-game series in the Bronx against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Just when everyone starting counting the Yankees out of it, they reel off five straight victories including a four-game sweep in Oakland over the weekend. Carlos Beltran sparked New York’s offense against Oakland, going 9-for-18 with a homer and eight RBIs. The pitching has been great as well, allowing just 11 runs in the last five games and closer Aroldis Chapman has converted all six save opportunities this season. The Yankees are just three games back of the Wild Card in the American League. Meanwhile, Toronto broke a five-game losing streak by taking three out of four in Minnesota over the weekend thanks to some hot bats from their sluggers. Jose Bautista has been moved to the leadoff spot and he’s hit a homer in three straight games while Josh Donaldson has homered in two of the last three.
Pitchers: Blue Jays – R.A. Dickey (2-5, 4.50 ERA) | Yankees – Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 4.44)
R.A. Dickey is making his 10th start this season and he’s looking to bounce back from a horrible outing against Tampa Bay. Dickey surrendered three homers and was charged with five runs on eight hits over six innings in the 6-3 loss. That came on the heels of eight scoreless innings of three-hit ball against Texas and snapped a three-start streak in which he permitted three earned runs over 21 1/3 innings. Dickey is 7-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 20 appearances (14 starts) versus New York.
Nathan Eovaldi has won four straight decisions after six superb innings at Arizona, yielding only one hit and one run while not walking a batter for the second time in three turns. Eovaldi has allowed six runs over 19 innings in his last three starts to remain unbeaten since a loss against Oakland on April 20th. Eovaldi also came out on the short end of a 4-2 decision at Toronto on April 14th, allowing all the runs on a pair of homers.
Toronto’s bats are heating up and the last time they were in New York, they scored 30 runs in a four game series. The Yankees have trouble with knuckle-ballers and Dickey has done pretty well against them in the past. I’ll take the underdog in this one tonight.
Pick: Blue Jays +125