New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview/Player Prop
29 September 2021
The race for the two American League Wild Card spots is still up for grabs, but there are several games that will impact the race. None bigger than this matchup on Wednesday night when the Toronto Blue Jays host the New York Yankees.
New York now holds a two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox for the top Wild Card spot in the American League. The Yankees have rattled off seven straight wins to reclaim this position and want to keep the momentum going.
Toronto is now just one game out of the second Wild Card spot, but there is a whole group of teams fighting for that position. The Blue Jays have exceeded expectations this season but want to cap it off with a playoff berth.
The New York Yankees are the favorites on the moneyline at -114 in this matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cole Dealing For New York
Gerrit Cole is set to take the mound for the Yankees on Wednesday night, and that is usually a great thing for New York. Cole is 16-8 with a 3.08 earned run average this season, and he will look to keep the Yankees red-hot.
Aaron Judge leads the Yankees at the plate, belting 37 home runs and sporting an impressive .287 batting average. Giancarlo Stanton has also been hitting well of late, and he now has 35 home runs and 96 RBIS.
The Yankees are one of the streakiest teams in baseball, but they are hard to deal with when they are playing well.
Can Berrios Lift the Blue Jays?
The Toronto Blue Jays needed some pitching help at the Trade Deadline, and they went out and got Jose Berrios from the Minnesota Twins. Berrios comes into this game with a 12-9 record to go along with a 3.48 ERA, and he has the ability to shut down the Yankees.
Toronto has been a solid offensive team this season, but two players have especially been leading the way. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the team with 46 home runs and a .313 batting average, while Teoscar Hernandez has a team-high 112 RBIs.
Toronto is going to have to score some runs in this game, but it could use a shutdown performance from Berrios to set the tone.
Yankees Roll Over Blue Jays
Even though this is going to be the best pitching matchup of the entire series, it still feels incredibly one-sided in favor of New York. Gerrit Cole has delivered plenty of big-time pitching performances during his career, and this should be another on Wednesday night.
Toronto’s best weapon is its offense, but that unit is going to be slowed down by the Yankees in this game. The Blue Jays aren’t going to be able to slow down the red-hot Yankees, and it will be New York that stays red-hot with a win.
Both teams desperately need this win, but the visitors take care of business. Bet the New York Yankees -2.5 as they beat the Toronto Blue Jays by at least three runs on Wednesday night.
Vlad Guerrero Jr. (-245) Over 0.5 Hits
While the Blue Jays are battling for a wild card spot in the postseason, the game within the game is the battle between Guerrero Jr. and Shohei Ohtani for the AL MVP.
Ohtani is seen by many as the leader at this point because of his work on the mound, but it’s hard not to embrace Guerrero with numbers that include 46 HRs, 107 RBI and a .313 batting average – all within the Top 10 in their respective categories.
Perhaps the pressure has been getting to him a bit as he’s gone hitless in his last four games, including an 0-for-3 effort against New York last night. But the 22-year-old slugger has saved some of his best moments for the Yankees with a .323 average and 5 HRs so far this season. He should also feel good about being back home at Rogers Centre where he's batted .302 with 8 HRs since the Blue Jays return.
We’ll take Guerrero Jr. (-245) to snap out of his slump tonight and pick up at least one hit against New York.
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