Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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

The New York Yankees used yesterday to travel and rest and now the team finds themselves visiting our neighbors to the north and the Toronto Blue Jays for the next three games. In the opener of the three-game set we the fans will be treated to a battle of the southpaws as the Yankees send CC Sabathia to the mound to face off with JA Happ for the Blue Jays. These are games that New York must win if they are serious about making a run at the American League East Division crown, no exceptions. Good teams and playoff teams beat the teams they are supposed to beat on their path there and the Blue Jays definitely qualify as a team that the Yankees should beat.

Sabathia heads into his start tonight fresh off a loss to the Detroit tigers back on August 1. In the start Sabathia allowed a pair of home runs over six innings of work in the Yankees 4-3 loss. Sabathia will look to turn that around and his recent struggles against the Blue Jays around tonight in the Rogers Centre as the Yankees big lefty comes in with a 1-1 record and 7.62 ERA in three starts against Toronto in 2017.

Happ has been a quality pitcher for the Blue Jays in his last ten starts tossing seven quality starts during that span including his last start where he went seven innings while striking out 10. Happ is always tough against left-handed batters as he tends to pitch inside so hopefully the Yankees offense is aware and ready for that tonight.

The game will be played at 7:07 pm ET inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto and can be seen on the YES Network 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. Enjoy the game and as always, go Yankees!

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