The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays will conclude a three-game series when they square off at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. New York is just 1-3 in its last four contests after taking the opener on Friday and then losing on Saturday. The Blue Jays’ recent victory halted a four-game skid.
Fourth start for Pannone
The Blue Jays had lost four in a row and their is no real reason to think they will get off the schneid to the tune of taking two straight against an American League East rival. Toronto is a hopeless 24-41 against division foes in 2018 and a solid 42-41 against all other opponents.
Left-hander Thomas Pannone (2-1, 4.13 ERA) is taking the mound for Toronto on Sunday. Pannone has made nine appearances–including three starts–since joining the big-league team in early August. The 24-year-old has mostly been effective aside from a disastrous start against Baltimore on Aug. 28, when he surrendered seven runs on nine hits during a 12-5 loss by the Blue Jays. Pannone bounced back in style, allowing just two runs combined over his next three games (totaling 9.1 innings and including one start). He most recently faced Cleveland the previous Sunday, logging 6.1 innings and giving up two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two batters in a 6-2 win for Toronto.
The Yankees followed up a lackluster road trip with a laugher against Toronto to open a long home-stand. Andrew McCutchen belted his first home run at Yankee Stadium while going 3-for-3 and Masahiro Tanaka tossed 6.0 scoreless innings in an 11-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday. New York’s 14-hit onslaught helped the team move on from a 4-5 road trek and remain 1.5 games ahead of Oakland in the race for the No. 1 wild card in the American League. Outfielder Aaron Judge (wrist) was removed from the 10-day disabled list on Friday and went in as a defensive replacement in the eighth, but he is still not ready to hit. Catcher Gary Sanchez has two three-hit performances in his last four games.
Lance Lynn (9-10, 5.01 ERA) will oppose Pannone on Sunday. The right-hander has been up and down since being acquired by New York prior to the trade deadline. He allowed only one run over his first three appearances (16.2 innings), gave up 19 runs in his next four games (18.2 innings), and then turned in a solid performance in his most recent outing. Lynn surrendered just two runs on three hits and no walks to go along with two strikeouts during a 4-2 win over Seattle on Sept. 8.
The New York Yankees are:
- 22-10 in their last 32 games against teams with losing records
- 8-0 in their last eight games against the American League East
- 5-2 in Lynn’s last seven starts
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
- 0-4 in their last four overall
- 16-35 in their last 51 road games
- 0-4 in their last four games against winning opponent