MLB Free Consensus Expert Picks: New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The MLB season officially opens on March 29 with a whole slate of games. Fifteen games will be played, which means every MLB team will open their season tomorrow. One of the top matchups for the day will be the New York Yankees visiting their division rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays. My picks for tomorrow is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus.
New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Predictions
Pitchers: New York – Luis Severino vs. Toronto – J.A. Happ
The Yankees finished last season one game away from reaching the World Series. New York went 91-71 last season, which was good enough to get them second place in the AL East. New York will be looking to improve upon their season this year. To fuel that the Yankees were able to add Giancarlo Stanton in the offseason.
Toronto had a disappointing season last year as they went 76-86. The Blue Jays missed out on the playoffs but will be looking to try and return this season. The Blue Jays had a rough going in Spring Training as they went 14-18. Toronto has the potential to start off on the right foot with a victory over the Yankees on Thursday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees met a total of nineteen times last season. The Blue Jays, despite missing the playoffs at the end of the season, took the season series 10-9. The Blue Jays went 6-4 at home against the Yankees. J.A. Happ, who is expected to be the starting pitcher for the Blue Jays, went 2-0 against the Yankees. Severino was 0-1 against Toronto.
The Yankees will be without Jacoby Ellsbury until the middle of April. Besides missing Ellsbury though, New York is healthy for opening day. The Blue Jays are going to be without Troy Tulowitzki and Anthony Alford until the end of April. Marcus Stroman is probable for opening day’s matchup.
New York Yankees (-146) at Toronto Blue Jays (+136)
J.A. Happ is expected to be the starting pitcher for Toronto on opening day. Happ went 1-1 in Spring Training with an ERA of 3.05. Happ has a career ERA of 3.93 and a WHIP of 1.33. The Yankees will be starting Luis Severino as their pitcher. Severino played in three games during Spring Training and had a ERA of 3.38. Severino has a career ERA of 3.58 and a 1.16 WHIP.
The odds have the Yankees pegged as a favorite to win this game 59 percent of the time. Both teams will see plenty of each other throughout the season. If last season proved anything it was that these two teams were pretty evenly matched. I believe the odds should show this more.
The Blue Jays are at home, which the Yankees have had difficulty winning at in recent years. Toronto has beaten New York 14-5 in the last nineteen games played in Toronto. The Yankees could have a difficult time knocking off their rivals in the season opener. I like the home team as an underdog in this matchup.