Friday, August 14, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays 8/14

The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays have 10 games remaining head-to-had including tonight’s contest that begins a huge three game set inside the Rogers Centre. Toronto is riding high off the acquisitions of Mark Lowe, David Price, LaTroy Hawkins and Troy Tulowitzki and have ridden the foursome all the way back into contention in the American League East Division. The Yankees will look to snatch control back from Toronto this weekend and that begins tonight when the team sends Ivan Nova to the mound looking to build off two consecutive good starts. The Blue Jays will counter with their ace David Price in what turns out to be a rematch of last week’s game between these two clubs. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Nova battled a bout of tired arm two starts ago and despite the scares he has rebounded nicely in his last two starts. Nova dueled with David Price last time out and had a shutout going until the 6th inning of the contest when his shutout and quality start went up in Smoak. Smoak as in Justin Smoak who hit a grand slam to seal the deal and end his afternoon.

  • Price dominated the New York Yankees in his last start and looks to do the same tonight at home in Toronto. In the two starts Price has made in a Blue Jays uniform he has allowed just one run on six hits with five walks in 15 innings returning to his dominant form. Price has allowed two runs or fewer in 13 of his 15 starts this season, vintage David Price.

The Yankees need a win, I don’t have to say it because everyone including the players know it to be true. It’s not going to be easy, the Blue Jays have all the confidence and all the momentum coming into the series, but it can be done. One lucky break here, one clutch hit there and one stellar performance from Nova and bullpen tonight inside the Rogers Centre is all we need. Go Yankees!

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