Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
Tip-off: Friday, May 17, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
- Toronto: Buehrle (1-2, 6.19 ERA)
- New York: Kuroda (5-2, 2.31 ERA)
Online sports betting fans everywhere were waiting for the Toronto Blue Jays to be a serious rival in the AL East, and now they have become one. Especially during the next 10 baseball games to come.
As the Blue Jays open a potentially vital stretch they will also look to extend their longest winning streak of the season and end a seven-game skid to the New York Yankees in the Bronx this evening.
A series of offseason transactions made the Blue Jays (17-24) a popular MLB free pick to contend for its first division title since winning back-to-back World Series in 1992 and ’93.
However, the team made it to the bottom of the East, eight games back of the first-place New York (25-16) while batting .245 with a 5.26 ERA from the rotation that is among the highest in baseball.
Those new acquisitions — Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle — have either had difficulties, been hurt or both.
Toronto has won four straight, hitting .340 with eight homers and 36 runs. The Blue Jays beat the San Francisco Giants 11-3 on Wednesday, sweeping the two-game set.
Cabrera and Jose Bautista have been vital to the winning streak. Cabrera is 7 for 16 with four RBIs and five runs after being moved into the leadoff spot, while Bautista is 8 for 15 with two homers and five RBIs.
The Blue Jays and their fans would love to see that production continue with its next 10 games versus New York, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles.
However, Toronto has dropped 16 of 18 in New York, and were swept in a four-game set there April 25-28.
Hiroki Kuroda (5-2, 2.31 ERA) will be starting for New York and likely giving Toronto some problems.
The 38 year-old, who ranks among the league leaders in ERA, has won three straight home starts, yielding three runs in 22 innings.
Starting for the Blue Jays will be Mark Buehrle (1-2, 6.19) who is 1-9 with a 6.19 ERA in 14 career starts versus the Bronx Bombers, and he hasn’t beaten them since April 10, 2004.