The Toronto Blue Jays continue their fight to earn a playoff berth in the American League. Toronto is 26-21 and is 4 ½ games behind the first place Tampa Bay Rays. The Blue Jays also trail the New York Yankees by a half-game for second place in the division with the first two places in each division guaranteed a spot in the postseason.
The Yankees have found new life. New York has moved back up into second place in the AL East following six consecutive victories including sweeping the Baltimore Orioles in 4 consecutive games. The Yankees now are focused on attempting to catch the first place Tampa Bay Rays over the final 12 games of the regular season. New York is 27-21 heading into its game on Wednesday against Toronto.
Toronto keeps producing at the plateToronto has produced well at the plate led by left fielder Teoscar Hernandez who has a team-high .308 batting average and is leading in home runs with 14. Randal Grichuk has knocked in a team-high 27 runs. Overall, Toronto has a team batting average .253 which is 12th best in baseball and has scored the 13th most runs with 229. The trio of young stars Cavan Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Bo Bichette have not held the spotlight this season. Bichette has been injured , while Biggio is batting just .246 with six home runs and 21 RBIs and Guerrero Jr is batting just .251 with 7 home runs in 24 RBIs.
On the mound, Toronto is 12th in team ERA at 4.27, 23rd in WHIP at 1.42, and is allowing opposing hitters to average .249 at the plate which is just 19th in the league. The starting rotation has just eight Quality Starts which is 23rd in baseball. Free agent acquisition Hyun-Jin Ryu is leading Toronto in ERA for starters at 3.00, wins with four and strikeouts with 60. Monday’s starting pitcher Chase Anderson Is 0-1 with a 5.81 ERA, 25 strikeouts and Toronto has lost four of the right-handers' last five starts.
Yankees edging closer to RaysThe New York Yankees have taken care of business of late in the AL East winning each of their last four against the Baltimore Orioles and each of the last two against the Toronto Blue Jays. New York has received excellent pitching of late during their six-game winning streak. Over that span, the Yankees have allowed a total of just 11 runs, with six of those runs in just one game. New York has moved up to 11th in team ERA at 4.15 and is sixth-best in batting averages of opponents at .229. Masahiro Tanaka will start on the mound for New York and this season 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA. The Yankees have won two of the right-hander's last 3 starts
At the plate DJ LeMahieu is leading the Yankees with a team-high .363 batting average. First baseman Luke Voit has been the power supply for the Yankees all season and is leading in home runs with 18 and RBIs with 42. Voit's 18 home runs are first in baseball and his 42 RBIs are 4th. As a team, New York is 19th in batting average at .242, 8th in slugging percentage at .443 and 6th in runs scored with 243.
- New York has won each of its last six overall
- The Yankees have won each of the last five at home
- Toronto has lost four of its last six against New York
- The Blue Jays have lost eight of the last 10 in the Big Apple against the Yankees