Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees 9/21/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 9/20/2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Yankee Stadium in The Bronx
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Sunday afternoon, Drew Hutchison (10 – 12, 4.51 ERA) will take the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays as they face Masahiro Tanaka (12 – 4, 2.51 ERA) and the New York Yankees. Hutchison will make his 31st start and Tanaka will make his 19th.
Drew Hutchison was roughed up in his last start and ended up taking the loss. Hutchison surrendered 6 runs on 5 hits (including 2 homers) through 6.1 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 11. The 11 strikeouts were a season high for Hutchison but a small comfort considering the outcome of the game. He had been pitching well until his last time out and will bring a 4 - 3 record in his last 10 starts into this one. Hutchison missed much of the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Hutchison has faced the Yankees 5 times this season and is 2 -3 in those encounters.
Masahiro Tanaka is expected to make the start after a long stint on the disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). The injury possibly affected his performance in his last start back in early July as he took the loss after allowing 5 runs and 10 hits (including 2 homers) in 6.2 innings. Prior to the injury, Tanaka was on a roll and was 6 -4 in his previous 10 outings.
This season, Tanaka is undefeated in his 2 meetings against the Blue Jays and will look to continue his winning streak in this start.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 74-75-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0.1
New York Yankees Betting Trends
New York Yankees are 62-87-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for New York Yankees is -0.2
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
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
09/20/14 CF Jacoby Ellsbury Hamstring is downgraded to doubtful Saturday 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
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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