Photo Credit: Shinya Suzuki (Flickr)

Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees (Sep 5-7)

The Blue Jays roll into the Bronx to take on the Yankees for the final series of their three city, nine game road trip through the American League East.

After avoiding a near sweep at the hands of Tampa on Sunday, Toronto is now (77-59) on the season and have won 6 of their last 10. At the moment the Blue Jays have a 1.0 game lead over Boston in the American League East. The Yankees (70-65) sit 6.5 games back of Toronto at the moment, and are also 6-4 over their last 10 games.

The Blue Jays have a solid 37-31 record on the road this season, while New York is 37-28 at Yankee Stadium in 2016.

Pitching:

TOR – (Starters) 3.75 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 1.12 HR/9, 7.5 K/9, .239/.302/.398

NYY – (Starters) 4.64 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 1.43 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, .263/.315/.448

TOR – (Relievers) 3.95 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 1.19 HR/9, 9.1 K/9, .253/.312/.415

NYY – (Relievers) 3.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 1.15 HR/9, 10.5 K/9, .217/.289/.376

Offenses:

Toronto – R/G 4.9 – .250/.328/.436 – 453 XBH – 8.5 K/G

New York – R/G 4.2 – .252/.313/.401 – 369 XBH – 7.2 K/G

History: The Blue Jays and Yankees have played each other 587 times, with New York having an edge in the all-time series with a 323-264 record. The Yankees have always held their own at home with a 170-126 record over that span. This marks the fifth series this season these two teams will play; Toronto holds the edge in the season series 9-3, with a 4-2 record at Yankee Stadium in 2016.

Game 1

First Pitch – 1:05 EST

R. Dickey RHP (2016: 9-13, 4.43 ERA) vs. M. Tanaka RHP (2016: 11-4, 3.12 ERA)

Toronto will look to get things off on the right foot by sending R.A. Dickey to the mound Monday afternoon. Dickey is (9-13, 4.43 ERA, 1.347 WHIP, 6.5 K/9) on the season, and had pitched to a 3.41 ERA over his last five starts.

The knuckle-baller has a career record of (7-6, 2.72 ERA, 1.092 WHIP, 6.2 K/9) when facing the Yankees over his career, including (0-2, 3.86 ERA, 1.286 WHIP, 10.0 K/9) over 2 starts in 2016.

Dickey is (6-5, 3.39 ERA, 1.270 WHIP, 6.5 K/9) on the road this season, and has a career record of (1-5, 3.09 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, 6.3 K/9) at Yankee Stadium.

New York will counter with their staff ace Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka is (11-4, 3.12 ERA, 1.064 WHIP, 7.6 K/9) on the season, and has pitched to a 0.92 ERA over his last three starts.

Over his career he has a (5-3, 2.28 ERA, 0.994 WHIP, 9.1 K/9) against the Blue Jays. This also includes a (0-1, 2.45 ERA, 1.364 WHIP, 6.5 K/9) over two starts in 2016.

Tanaka is sporting a (5-1, 4.17 ERA, 1.085 WHIP, 8.3 K/9) at home this season.

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:05 EST

A. Sanchez RHP (2016: 13-2, 2.88 ERA) vs. L. Cessa RHP (2016: 4-0, 4.17 ERA)

The Blue Jays will lean on their newly returned hurler, Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez will be looking to improve on his (13-2, 2.88 ERA, 1.164 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) season record in his second start back from his innings watch demotion.

The California native has a career record of (2-2, 1.96 ERA, 1.174 WHIP, 6.7 K/9) against the Yankees, including a (1-0, 0.71 ERA, 1.184 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) record over two starts this season.

Sanchez is (8-1, 2.53 ERA, 1.122 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) on the road this season, and currently has a (1-1, 2.70 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 6.0 K/9) when pitching at Yankee Stadium over his career.

The Yankees will be looking their rookie right-hander Luis Cessa for Tuesday night. Cessa is (4-0, 4.17 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, 5.6 K/9) on the season, with a (2-0, 3.00 ERA, 0.944 WHIP, 6.0 K/9) record as a starter.

The Mexico native has faced Toronto once this season for a total of one inning, allowing zero runs.

Cessa has a (2-0, 6.14 ERA, 1.159 WHIP, 5.5 K/9) when pitching at home this season. This includes five total games and one start.

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:05 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2016: 9-6, 4.58 ERA) vs. L. Severino RHP (2016: 1-8, 7.05 ERA)

The final game of the series will see Toronto’s Marcus Stroman take the mound. Stroman has pitched to a (9-6, 4.58 ERA, 1.289 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) record this season, but has pitched to a 6.00 ERA his last two starts.

When facing the Yankees over his career the Duke graduate is (5-1, 2.39 ERA, 0.956 WHIP, 6.2 K/9) record, including a (1-0, 2.25 ERA, 0.625 WHIP, 3.4 K/9) this season in a single start.

Stroman has pitched to a (5-5, 4.25 ERA, 1.292 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) on the road this season, and has a career record of (2-1, 4.30 ERA, 1.432 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) when pitching at Yankee Stadium.

New York will look to the tumultuous sophomore Luis Severino to take on Stroman. Severino who has been up and down from the minor leagues this season has pitched to a (1-8, 7.05 ERA, 1.510 WHIP, 8.3 K/9) this season.

Over his career he has a (0-2, 6.91 ERA, 1.605 WHIP, 10.0 K/9) over three starts against the Blue Jays, but has not faced them in 2016.

Severino has not had the best time at home in Yankee Stadium this season, as his (1-4, 7.45 ERA, 1.517 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) record shows.

 

 

*All Pitcher vs Batter Stats provided by ESPN

 

 

**Featured Image Credit: Shinya Suzuki (Flickr) – UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0

 

 

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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.

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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.