Rogers' *10* MLB Game of the Day >> $27.960 in May <<
NY Yankees vs. Toronto,
06/01/2017 19:07 EDT,
Score: 12 - 2
Money Line: -148 Toronto
The set-up: The Blue Jays ended the month of May in style, as nine HRs powered them to a three-game sweep of the Reds in Toronto. The Jays now open the month of June with a four-game home series series against the AL East-leading New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Toronto has won eight of its last nine to finish May with an 18-10 mark and just one game under .500 at 26-27 on the season (Toronto opened the year 2-11). The 30-20 Yankees just began a stretch of four straight series against AL East foes by dropping two of three at Baltimore. The Yanks are in first and the Jays in last but the margin is a mere 5 1/2 games.
The pitching matchup: CC Sabathia (5-2 & 4.42 ERA) takes the hill for New York and Marco Estrada (4-2 & 3.15 ERA) for Toronto. Sabathia recorded his third straight win on Saturday after allowing two runs and striking out a season-high nine batters in a 3-2 triumph over Oakland. He has permitted just four runs on 15 hits during his winning streak and while his ERA (4.42) and WHIP (1.40) are not impressive, the Yanks are 8-2 in his 2017 starts, leaving him with MLB's fourth-best moneyline mark (plus-$637). Estrada comes in off back-to-back strong performances, with solo HRs accounting for the lone damage in 3-1 wins at Baltimore (May 21) and Texas (Saturday). Estrada is off to a very good start in 2017, allowing two ERs or less in eight of his 11 starts this season, although the Blue Jays are only 6-5. He improved to 4-2 in his career against New York after allowing one run and striking out five in seven innings of a 7-1 triumph on May 1, giving him a career ERA of 3.21 in 10 starts vs. the Yanks (team is 7-3)..
The pick: Things have changed since the last time the Toronto Blue Jays played the New York Yankees. The Blue Jays visited New York back on May 1 for three games, after going 8-17 in April, while the Yankees opened May at 15-8. New York took two of the three and stood at 21-9 by May 8. The Yankees are still in first place in the AL East but after losing 10-4 to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night, they have dropped seven of their past 13 games and are just 9-11 since May 8. Toronto just finished May 18-10 and the last time the Jays faced Sabathia (May 3), they rocked him for six runs on seven hits in just four innings. That Jays just hit nine HRs in a three-game sweep of the Reds and have won eight of nine. "Big Mo" is with Toronto. Make them a 10* play.