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Yankees @ Blue Jays: New York looks to avoid sweep in Toronto

Yankees @ Blue Jays MLB odds spreads and predictions

New York leads the AL East by 1.5 games over the Tampa Bay Rays after last night's defeat.

The Toronto Blue Jays came from behind and put together a season high in runs as they picked up a second straight victory over the Yankees, winning 11-7.

Toronto's offense got going early, scoring three runs in the first two innings, but would go cold and trail 7-4 heading into the seventh innning. The Blue Jays would go on to score seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings, including five in eighth to lead them to the victory.

Rookie sensation Vladimir Guerreto Jr. provided the decisive blow, blasting a three-run go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth. Two batters later, Randall Grichuk and Brandon Drury would go back-to-back with solo home runs to put the game out reach; Grichuk has also contributed the Blue Jays first two runs cranking a two-run homer in the first.

Game information

When is it? Thursday June 6th

What time is first pitch? 7:00 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Rogers Centre

Which channel is it on? YES, ESPN

The lowdown

The New York Yankees watched two separate leads slip away despite being sparked by plenty of offense from DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez launched his American League-leading 19th home run in the fourth inning and added a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth.

With game tied at four, LeMahieu would crank a three-run home run for his seventh of the season. LeMahieu had himself a day batting 3-for-5 with four total RBIs and a run scored.

The Yankees' bullpen uncharacteristically collapsed as Zach Britton blew his second save of the year allowing three earned runs on two hits in one inning pitched. Luis Cessa would come into relieve Britton, but didn't provide much relief allowing the back-to-back home runs before recording his only out.

Yankees @ Blue Jays Runline

New York is giving Toronto 1.5 runs in this matchup.

Although clearly possible, it's hard for me to see the Yankees getting swept in Toronto.

New York's offense seemed back to normal, and had the game all but won prior to blowing the lead in the seventh and eighth.

The Blue Jays' offense also looked impressive but after scoring a season-high 11 runs on Wednesday, my best bet would be to bet against Toronto doing that again.

Take the Yankees to cover.

Yankees @ Blue Jays Moneyline

Think New York will avoid a third straight loss in Toronto? Betting $195 could win profit of $100.

Like the Blue Jays to complete the three-game sweep? Spending $60 would win $105 profit.

Yankees @ Blue Jays Over/Under

The over/under for this matchup is set at 10 points.

Final score prediction: New York Yankees 5, Toronto Blue Jays 2

Take the under in this game.

Where the game will be won or lost

The pitching matchup on Thursday will feature two veteran pitchers in Edwin Jackson for Toronto and J.A. Happ for New York.

Happ was notably traded to the Yankees midway through last season and will make his return to the Rogers Centre. The 36-year-old won the only start against his former team last season, defeating the Blue Jays in 5.1 innings while striking eight and allowing two earned runs. This season, Happ has had his ups and downs posting a record of (5-3) with a 4.38 ERA.

Jackson, on the other hand, has had mostly downs during his 2019 campaign. The 35-year-old has yet to win in any of his four starts this season (0-3); most recently, Jackson got shelled allowing 10 hits and 10 earned runs in just 2.1 innings. He has allowed at least seven hits and five earned runs over each of his last three starts.

Stephen Rodriguez
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