The Toronto Blue Jays (91-71 last season) face the New York Yankees on Monday (92-70 last year). The Blue Jays are -105 favourites, while the Yankees are -115. There are nine total bets.
The Blue Jays averaged 5.2 runs per game, good for third in MLB. They scored 846 runs and hit.330. The Blue Jays hit 285 doubles and 262 home runs. They had 816 RBI, 1,455 hits, and a.266 batting average last year. Toronto had a.466 slugging percentage and was struck out 1,218 times.
The Blue Jays used 537 relievers last season. The relievers inherited 239 runners last season, with 28.9% reaching base. They made 34 saves and missed 18 of 52 chances last season. The Blue Jays relievers had a save percentage of 65.4% in 119 save opportunities. Relief pitchers had 64 holds last season (29th in the league). Blue Jays relief pitchers had 167 runners on base and 156 high-leverage appearances.
The New York Yankees had an on-base percentage of.322 and a batting average of.237 last season. They were hit by 1,482 pitches (6th in baseball) and 1,266 pitches. New York had 222 home runs and 666 RBIs last season. The Yankees had a.407 SLG and 4.39 runs per game (19th in MLB). They had 213 doubles, 621 walks, and 711 runs.
New York’s pitching staff allowed 669 runs last season (3.74 ERA) (596 earned runs relinquished). They gave up 196 home runs and 4.20 runs per nine (8th in MLB). Their WHIP was 1.210 and their FIP was 3.90 last year. Strikeouts to walks ratio was 3.19. (1,569 strikeouts against 492 free passes). With 1,243 hits allowed, they were ranked 8th in the league.
The Yankees had 83 holds and 26 missed saves out of 161. New York’s bullpen pitchers recorded 47 saves in 73 chances. Their relievers were used 219 times in high-risk situations and 163 times with runners on base. The New York relievers scored 27.9% of their 222 inherited runners. They had the 10th best save percentage in MLB last year (64.4%) and used 512 relievers.
The Yankees’ defensive efficiency was 69.8% in 12,918 innings (14th in the majors). The Yankees fielded.983 after 115 double plays (24th in MLB). The Yankees had 1,318 assists, 98 errors, and 4,306 putouts last season.
Pick: Take Toronto (-105)