The New York Yankees used a pair of Alfonso Soriano home runs to even the series at 1-all against the Toronto Blue Jays. Soriano and the Yankees will look to continue that momentum against RHP Todd Redmond (1-2, 4.44 ERA). Redmond has failed to register a win over his last eight starts. Last week against the Houston Astros, Redmond was tagged for eight runs on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings. Redmon has had some success in Toronto, posting a 2.16 ERA over 26 innings. Redmond is a fly-ball pitcher that may have some difficulty against the powerful Yankee lineup.
Redmond will be opposed by RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-9, 2.79 ERA). Kuroda is one of the league leaders in ERA, but has struggled recently. Kuroda was tagged for seven earned runs in only six innings last week against the Tampa Bay Rays. Nova gave up 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings against the powerful Red Sox lineup earlier last week. Despite his recent struggles, Kuroda has been dynamite against the Blue Jays this year, posting a 2-0 record and allowing only 1 earned runs over 15 innings.
Pick: The Yankees opened as a small (-115) favorite, so they’re today’s pick. Kuroda had success earlier in the year and the Yankee bats should be able to figure out Redmond.