Series Preview: Yankees at Blue Jays
The Yankees head north of the border for a weekend set against division rival Toronto. They’re coming off yet another series win against Atlanta. The Yanks currently trail Boston by 1 game in the AL East standings as both teams continue to light up the league. The Blue Jays are a struggling team that can’t seem to find their selves. They will likely be sellers at the deadline, as they have a very small chance of making the playoffs. GAME ONE: Friday July 6th @ 7PM Sonny Gray (5-6, 5.44 ERA) vs Sam Gaviglio (2-2, 3.97 ERA)
The Yankees send Sonny Gray out for game one after consecutive bad starts. He gave up 6 runs vs Boston last weekend and the team didn’t really have a chance to win. He needs to turn things around, and the fans are becoming very restless. One positive to look at, is that Sonny pitches much better on the road than at home. He faces Gaviglio, who only has 47 innings pitched, but is coming off a stellar start vs Detroit last week. GAME TWO: Saturday July 7th @4PM Luis Severino (13-2, 1.98 ERA) vs J.A. Happ (10-4, 4.03 ERA)
Sevy takes the mound Saturday and continues to be an ace and keeps bettering his chances for a Cy Young. We know what to expect from him. What’s intriguing is his opponent, JA Happ. Theres been plenty of rumors about him possibly being traded to the Yankees, so all eyes will be on him in this game. It’ll be interesting to see if he can hang with one of the best lineups in the league, and maybe he’ll end up pitching alongside them. GAME THREE: Saturday July 8th @ 1PM Domingo German (2-4, 5.37 ERA) vs Ryan Borucki (0-1, 2.77 ERA)
In the final game of the set, German will take the hill. He hasn’t been able to do much lately, failing to reach the 5th inning in consecutive starts. The Yankees definitely want to see more out of him going forward, and he has a good chance to show out against the Blue Jays. Borucki, is just making his 3rd career start, and he has allowed a combined 4 runs in his first 2 appearances. He faces a new test against the elite Yankee lineup. The Yankees continue to play at an all-time pace, but so does the rest of the AL. The Astros, Red Sox, Yankees, and Mariners are all on pace to win 100 games halfway through the season. Although it’ll be unprecedented for them to all continue at this pace, it’s exciting to see the elite teams battle it out for their division leads. It makes for some exciting baseball as we head closer to the all-star break.