7:07 PM ET, September 17, 2013
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
New York: Pettitte (10-9, 4.04 ERA)
Toronto: Dickey (12-12, 4.36 ERA)
The New York Yankees are eliminated from the AL East race but they must find a way to recover if they want to keep on being a serious wild-card contender.
The visiting New York team will try to impress their YouWager fans and try to avoid being swept by their archrival Toronto Blue Jays while Andy Pettitte, unbeaten in six weeks, tries to continue his season success versus this team.
The Yankees (79-71) scored 18 runs while winning three straight versus the Baltimore Orioles last week before being outscored 22-7 during a three-game sweep at East-leading Boston Red Sox over the weekend. Five of New York’s 16 hits in the set came during Sunday’s 9-2 defeat that officially eliminated them from division contention.
New York is in the mix for one of the AL’s wild-card spots but have five teams ahead of them in that race.
The Yankees won 10 straight versus Toronto (68-81) — all at home — before dropping two of three at Toronto late last month.
Pettitte (10-9, 4.04 ERA) earned New York’s only victory, allowing five hits in seven scoreless innings of a 7-1 win Aug. 27. The veteran pitcher is 3-0 with a 1.77 ERA versus Toronto this MLB season.
That game in Toronto was Pettitte’s third straight victory, but he hasn’t received a decision in three outings since then while posting a 3.93 ERA. Pettitte, though, has had six straight quality starts and hasn’t lost since Aug. 5 against the Chicago White Sox.
Robinson Cano had four hits in Friday’s 8-4 defeat at Fenway Park, then went 0 for 8 in the next two. The 30 year-old hasn’t gone hitless in three straight games all season and is batting .351 with 15 RBIs in 15 matchups with the Blue Jays in 2013, but according to the MLB live lines he’s 2 for 10 against scheduled starter R.A. Dickey (12-12, 4.36) in 2013.
The 38 year-old has lost two of three starts versus New York this season even while holding them to a .208 average and posting a 3.38 ERA. The lone victory came the last time he faced them Aug. 26, allowing a homer to Alex Rodriguez and one other run over 6 1/3 innings of a 5-2 win.