The New York Yankees (67-59), winners of four straight games, look to sweep the lowly Toronto Blue Jays (57-70) this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees currently sit 6.5 game behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East. Luckily for the Bombers, they’ll face off against their Boston rivals seven more times before October 1st, so anything can happen.
Last night, Ichiro Suzuki collected his 4,000th career professional hit. Suzuki’s big accomplishment sparked Alfonso Soriano’s 8th inning, game winning two-run home run. Since joining the Yankees, Soriano has been one of baseball’s hottest hitters, blasting seven home runs and collecting 22 RBIs during 71 August at-bats. Soriano will hopefully bring his big bat to the ballpark today and try to help Andy Pettitte pick up his 9th victory.
The 41-year-old Pettitte has struggled this season, posting a 8-9 record with an unsightly 4.39 ERA. Pettitte brings some tough veteran leadership and success against the Blue Jays to the table. Pettitte holds a career 23-13 record against the Jays. In his last five starts, Pettitte is 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 7.4 K/9. And lucky for Andy, he will not face Jose Bautista (hip) who had 3 HRs in 36 career plate appearances. Given Pettitte’s career success against the Blue Jay, Vegas opened the Yankees as a sizable -170 money line favorite. Look for the Yankees to ride behind their veteran southpaw and sweep away the lowly Blue Jays.