Blue Jays and Yankees Begin Key Series in AL Wild Card Race

The Blue Jays and Yankees are set to face-off in a key four-game series in the AL Wild Card race.
The Blue Jays and Yankees are set to face-off in a key four-game series in the AL Wild Card race. / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

For my sake, I hope the baseball gods are with the Toronto Blue Jays these next few days as they take on the New York Yankees in a pivotal four-game series.

As some of you might remember, I decided to go on record on July 27 and tell everyone that the Yankees were “done” and to “stick a fork in them”. Almost immediately after I released that video, the Yankees traded for Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo and finally went on a run that people were waiting for all season.

Now they sit in an American League Wild Card spot with a 3.5-game lead on my beloved Blue Jays.

If the Jays can win this series, not only will my favorite team be in position to make the playoffs, but my aggressive hot take about the Yankees will stay alive. I just might avoid getting retweeted by Old Takes Exposed after all.

WynnBET has the Yankees set as -135 favorites in the first game tonight, while the Blue Jays will visit the Bronx as +115 underdogs. The total for the game is set at 9.5 runs.

Jameson Taillon (4.44 ERA) gets the start for New York. He’ll be facing Toronto’s Hyun Jin Ryu (3.92 ERA).

Blue Jays vs. Yankees Pick and Prediction

Call me biased all you want, but I’m taking the Blue Jays as +115 underdogs in this one.

Taillon has been brutal for the Yankees in recent starts. He’s given up at least three earned runs in four straight outings, including getting shelled for six runs against the Los Angeles Angels his last game out.

New York’s bats have also begun to cool off after a hot August. It’s a small sample size, but the Yankees are 28th in OPS in Major League Baseball so far this month.

Ryu has also been solid against the Yankees so far this season, giving up five runs across 19 combined innings in three starts against them in 2021.

I might just be trying to will a Jays win into existence here, but give me Toronto at +115 tonight.

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