Friday, August 7, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays 8/7

The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays start a big three game series this weekend at Yankee Stadium as both teams are fighting for the American League East Division crown. The Yankees have a nice lead in the division, although Toronto has cut into that lead since the All-Star Break and since the July 31st trading deadline has come and gone, while the Blue Jays are looking to make the playoffs for the first time in my lifetime of watching the game. Tonight New York will send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound looking to put another game between the Yankees and the Blue Jays while Toronto will send knuckleball pitcher RA Dickey to the mound hoping to close the gap. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Eovaldi has been all you could ask for and maybe some more as far as back-end of the rotation starters the last two months for the Yankees. For most of the summer Eovaldi has not allowed more than three runs in a game, the last time coming on June 10, and has given the Yankees some strong starts this season. His biggest issue has been, and maybe always will be, going deep into games so hopefully he takes that next step forward tonight.

  • Dickey has been red hot lately allowing just two earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. Dickey is riding a modest three game winning streak but goes up against a Yankees pitcher in Eovaldi who is getting nearly seven runs of run support every single start so something will have to give tonight in the Bronx.

The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays have 13 more games head-to-head this season including tonight’s contest which should make for an exciting two months of baseball. The Yankees stood pat and relied on their own in Luis Severino at the trading deadline while the Blue Jays took the polar opposite approach unloading a slew of prospects for established veteran players. Which route will reign supreme in 2015? That question begins to be answered tonight. Go Yankees!

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