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Can Yankees Give Gray a Better Defensive Performance in His Second Start?

The New York Yankees defense didn’t do Sonny Gray any favors in his debut in pinstripes, but the Bronx Bombers will look to put forth a better defensive effort behind their new pitcher against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. Sportsbooks opened the Jays as +126 home underdogs with a total of 8.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Yankees are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games on the road against the Blue Jays.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Blue Jays’ last seven games with Marco Estrada as the starting pitcher.
  • The Yankees are 3-12 SU and ATS in their last 15 games when closing out a series.

Gray (6-6, 3.41 ERA) endured a first-inning meltdown by his teammates but limited the damage to four runs (two earned) on four hits in six innings of a 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians last week. The hurler owns a 4-3 record with a 1.59 ERA in his last seven starts, six which came with the lowly Oakland Athletics.

Countering for the Jays will be Marco Estrada. Estrada (4-7, 5.12) notched his third straight no-decision and saw his winless stretch extend to 12 in his last time out against Houston. The 34-year-old hasn’t won a game since May 27 and gave up seven runs in just over three innings of work in a 12-2 setback to the Yanks on July 5.

OVER bettors are laughing all the way to the bank when the Yankees and Blue Jays get together. In the last six matchups between the AL East foes, the OVER is 5-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those betting on the visitors in this one found the New York Yankees listed as favorites of -123 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 9, check for odds updates at MyBookie.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 6.5-2.7 win for the Yankees on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Toronto (53-60) will face the 60-52 Yankees in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs New York injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Toronto Blue Jays rated this week at No. 23 and the New York Yankees sitting at No. 9.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Toronto Blue Jays No. 25-ranked scoring average of 4.27 runs per game, against a New York Yankees offense rated No. 4 and scoring 5.23 runs per game. The Blue Jays have averaged 8.22 hits per game to date this season, less than the Yankees hitters have managed (9.1 per nine innings).

Toronto owns the No. 24 defense, allowing 4.27 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with New York's No. 6-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New York rolled to an 11-5 win against Toronto on Wednesday, as Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees' bats led the team to victory at Rogers Centre.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of NY Yankees' last 16 games on the road
  • NY Yankees is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
  • NY Yankees is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Toronto
  • NY Yankees is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Toronto
  • Toronto is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 10 games
  • Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Toronto is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to Boston, Friday, August 11
Toronto home to Pittsburgh, Friday, August 11