Friday, September 22, 2017

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays 9/22

The New York Yankees head to Toronto and head into the weekend with one thing on their minds, winning games and clinching a playoff spot. The Boston Red Sox, the team the Yankees are chasing in the AL East Division, clinched a playoff spot on Wednesday night and now it’s the Yankees turn to do the same this weekend inside the Rogers Centre. Donned with the task of knocking another game or two off New York’s magic number is Masahiro Tanaka who will be on two extra days of rest tonight while the Blue Jays, who look to play spoiler, will counter with Marco Estrada. I’d love personally to clinch a spot at another AL East opponent’s expense so let’s get this done, Yankees style. Enjoy the game.

Tanaka heads into this start fresh off a good start against the Baltimore Orioles in his last start giving up two solo home runs in seven innings of work. Tanaka struck out eight in the Yankees victory, something the Japanese-born right-hander did the last time he faced off with the Toronto Blue Jays as well on August 9.

Estrada expected things to go much easier for himself here in 2017 but unfortunately, like I always say, you can’t predict baseball. Estrada has been better of late though for the Blue Jays allowing three earned runs or less in nine of his last 11 starts including a two-run over eight innings effort against the Minnesota Twins last time out.

The game will be played at 7:07 pm ET inside the Rogers Centre and can be seen on WPIX channel 11 and MLB TV. You can also follow along in your cars and on the radio by tuning into the WFAN broadcast with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. Need a win, clinch a playoff spot this weekend, and get a win. Go Yankees!

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