The New York Yankees have been treading water recently as they have four losses in their last six games. They were 57-34 the last time they finished hosting the Toronto Blue Jays back on July 19th and they are just 17-19 since.
The MLB odds makers in Las Vegas and online haven’t been fazed by the sluggish spell as the Bronx Bombers are still the World Series favorites. Even so, the Yankees would like to get some momentum on their side before the playoffs approach and they’ll have a great opportunity to do that with Toronto in town.
The Blue Jays are a complete gong show these days as they enter Monday’s affair with an MLB-leading seven-game losing streak. It’s hard to believe that they were in fact five games over .500 at one point this season because they have been one of the worst teams in baseball ever since. After starting 24-19, the Jays are a paltry 32-51, which makes for the worst winning percentage in the American League.
The Yankees can’t afford to cough up freebies like this and they shouldn’t have too many problems. They swept a three-game set with Toronto in mid-July, outscoring them 18-4 in the four games.
Sure, the Yankees have had their fair share of injuries with Andy Pettitte and Alex Rodriguez still out but that’s nothing compared to Toronto. The Jays have been decimated by injuries this season and won’t have Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie, Adam Lind, J.P. Arencibia, Kyle Drabek, Sergio Santos and a slew of others.
The Texas Rangers are one win better than the Yankees for the best record in baseball right now, so the Yankees will have to take these contests seriously. Texas has won seven of 10 and will face the Tampa Bay Rays over the next three days.