New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays 8/31/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/30/2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Rogers Centre in Toronto
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Sunday afternoon, the New York Yankees will send Brandon McCarthy (8 - 13, 4.13 ERA) to the hill to take on the Toronto Blue Jays and J.A. Happ (8 - 8, 4.40 ERA). McCarthy makes his 28th start as Happ makes his 21st start and 25th appearance.
Brandon McCarthy got knocked around in his last start and took the loss. In 6.1 innings of work, McCarthy surrendered 5 runs and 9 hits while walking 2 batters and striking out 5. After starting out 4 - 0 in his first 5 starts as a Yankee, McCarthy has fallen into a slump. He is 1 - 3 in his last 4 starts. But overall, he is still 6 -3 in his last 10 outings. Last season, McCarthy was 5 - 11 with a 4.53 ERA in 22 starts.
In 2013, McCarthy lost his only start against the Blue Jays. Toronto is batting .253 against McCarthy with 20 hits, 3 home runs and 14 RBIs in 79 at-bats.
J.A. Happ surrendered a few long balls in his last outing but he still ended up with a no-decision. Happ allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (including 2 home runs) through 6 innings as he walked 2 and struck out 8. Happ hasn't had a victory since late July and one reason for that could be the fact that he has allowed 3 or more runs in 4 of his 6 starts since that win. He is just 1 - 4 in his last 10 starts. In 2013, Happ went 5 - 7 with a 4.56 ERA in 18 starts.
Last season, Happ was 0 - 2 with a 5.09 ERA in 4 starts against the Yankees. Earlier this season, Happ pitched to a no-decision against the Yankees despite allowing 3 runs and 4 hits (including 2 homers) in 5.1 innings of work.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
New York Yankees are 54-75-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for New York Yankees is -0.2
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 64-65-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
08/05/14 P David Phelps Elbow 15-day DL (8/4)
07/10/14 P Masahiro Tanaka Elbow 15-day DL (7/9)
05/11/14 P CC Sabathia Knee 60-day DL (5/11); out for season
04/20/14 P Ivan Nova Elbow 60-day DL (4/20); out for season
Toronto Blue Jays
08/27/14 CF Colby Rasmus Illness questionable
08/07/14 3B Brett Lawrie Back 15-day DL (8/6)
07/31/14 1B Dan Johnson Hamstring 15-day DL (7/31)
07/09/14 RF Cole Gillespie Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
05/04/14 P Brandon Morrow Hand 60-day DL (5/3)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
Tony's Pick: Take New York
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