7:07 PM ET, September 19, 2013
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
New York: Kuroda (11-11, 3.13 ERA)
Toronto: Redmond (3-2, 4.10 ERA)
The New York Yankees have somehow split the first two games of this series even while scoring in one of their 18 innings at the plate.
The Yankees need to improve before the final 10 games if they want to reach the MLB playoffs since they have already lost once to Toronto Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond heading into tonight’s series finale at Rogers Centre.
The Yanks (80-72) were blanked for the first 16 innings in this set before breaking through for four runs in the eighth Wednesday to rally from a three-run deficit for a 4-3 victory that ended a four-game slide.
New York and the Kansas City Royals are 2 1/2 games behind the Texas Rangers for the AL’s second wild-card spot. The Baltimore Orioles are one game back and the Cleveland Indians are one-half game out.
Numerous hitters continue to disappoint YouWager experts. The most notable is Alex Rodriguez, who is 1 for 18 over his last six games while dealing with a strained right calf and a sore left hamstring.
Ichiro Suzuki was not the starter Wednesday and has three hits in his last 23 at-bats, Curtis Granderson is 8 for 36 with 13 strikeouts on this 10-game trip and Robinson Cano has three singles and no walks in his last 16 at-bats.
The Blue Jays will send Redmond (3-2, 4.10 ERA) to the mound, a rookie who is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his last three outings. That run began when he limited the Yankees to two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 7-2 home victory Aug. 28.
The 28 year-old yielded one run over a career-high 6 1/3 innings last Friday in a 5-3 loss versus the O’s, striking out seven with no walks.
The Yankees will counter with Hiroki Kuroda (11-11, 3.13). Kuroda surrendered seven runs over five innings in that outing after going 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA over his previous five starts versus Toronto. August’s defeat is part of a six-start winless stretch in which he is 0-4 with a 6.69 ERA.
The Bronx Bombers will be happy to have the veteran on the mound to cool off Colby Rasmus, who is 3 for 27 with 11 strikeouts against him.
The Yankees are 14-4 versus the Blue Jays (69-82) for their most wins ever in this MLB season series.