The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays are set to do battle in the AL East for the first time this season at the Rogers Centre, and if there is such a thing as a series that each of these teams really wants to win, this is the one. The Yanks are coming to town without bringing LHP CC Sabathia with them in their rotation, but they still have the decided edge in most of these three games that are scheduled for this weekend.
The biggest edge for the Bronx Bombers probably comes right out of the gates on Friday night. LHP Andy Pettitte might be right on the verge of 41 years old, but he is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA and is pitching like a savvy veteran. He opposes RHP Brandon Morrow, who has yet to pick up his first win on the season and has a 4.60 ERA.
The best of the New York pitchers this year has been RHP Hiroki Kuroda. He has led the team to two wins in three tries, including posting a complete game shutout against the Baltimore Orioles last weekend. LHP Mark Buehrle has been a disappointment for those making their MLB picks on the Jays at the outset of this season, as in spite of the fact that he is 1-0, he has a 7.31 ERA.
Sunday is probably the hairiest of the three matchups for the boys in pinstripes. New York throws the inconsistent RHP Ivan Nova against the equally inconsistent RHP Josh Johnson. These two men have both shown the ability to win 20 games in the past, but neither has gotten off to the start that they would have hoped for this season. Johnson especially, is just 0-1 with a 6.91 ERA.