Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees 9/19/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/18/2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Yankee Stadium in The Bronx
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Friday night, the Toronto Blue Jays will send Mark Buehrle (12 – 9, 3.40 ERA) to the mound to face the New York Yankees and Hiroki Kuroda (10 – 9, 3.81 ERA). Both pitchers will be making their 31st starts of the season.
Mark Buehrle escaped with a no-decision in his last start. In 6 innings of work, Buehrle surrendered 4 runs on 9 hits (including a home run) as he struck out a batter without issuing any walks. After a hot start to the season, Buehrle seems to limping to the finish. He is just 2 -3 in his last 10 starts. In 2013, Buehrle finished the year with a 12 – 10 record and a 4.15 ERA in 33 starts.
Last season, Buehrle was 0 – 2 with a 5.04 ERA in 4 starts against New York. This season, he is 0 – 3 in 4 encounters against the Yankees.
Hiroki Kuroda had a solid outing in his last start but failed to get the decision. Kuroda allowed just a run on 6 hits in 7 innings of work. He struck out 5 without issuing any walks. Kuroda has given up 4 or more runs only twice in his last 10 starts as he has compiled a 4 – 3 record in that span of time. Last season, Kuroda made 32 starts en route to an 11 -13 record and a 3.31 ERA.
Kuroda went 2 - 2 with a 3.34 ERA in 5 starts against Toronto last season. This season, he is 2 - 0 in 2 starts against the Blue Jays.
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
09/18/14 C Dioner Navarro Head is not expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday vs. New York Yankees
09/05/14 LF Melky Cabrera Finger out for season
09/04/14 P Chad Jenkins Hand 15-day DL (9/5); out for season
09/03/14 3B Brett Lawrie Back 60-day DL (8/6), out for season
07/09/14 RF Cole Gillespie Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
New York Yankees
09/17/14 RF Carlos Beltran Personal expected to miss Thursday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
09/16/14 RF Martin Prado Appendix 60-day DL (9/15)
07/10/14 P Masahiro Tanaka Elbow 60-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
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto
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