The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to tighten their grip on second place in the AL East when they kick off a crucial three-game series with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night as +145 road underdogs on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Toronto travels to New York after closing out a six-game homestand on Sunday with a 7-3 victory over the visiting New York Mets, and now sports a narrow half-game lead over the third-place Yankees going into Tuesday night’s matchup at Yankee Stadium.
The Blue Jays are enjoying a steady 19-9 run since overcoming a 7-11 start, and now hit the road for the Big Apple trailing the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays by just 3.5 games. And while the Blue Jays remain well off the pace on the odds to win the AL East, they have made modest gains on the World Series odds, where they now sit as a respectable +2500 wager.
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Toronto has averaged almost 5.6 runs per game over its past 32 outings, and has regularly rewarded bettors while set as an underdog, winning outright in seven of its past 11 such outings. The Blue Jays have also emerged as road warriors of late, posting wins in nine of their past 13 contests away from their temporary home at Sahlen Field.
The Blue Jays hope to maintain their recent road success during this week’s trip to New York. The club took two of three from the Yankees on home turf last week, but has struggled in recent trips to Yankee Stadium, going 4-11 over its past 15 games there according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
The Yankees will be looking to extend that home dominance over the Blue Jays when they hit the diamond on Tuesday as -175 favourites at online betting sites. New York is coming off a four-game sweep of Baltimore, limiting the Orioles to just three total runs in the series. Overall, the Yankees have given up just seven total runs over their past six outings, fueling a 7-2 run for the UNDER in totals betting.
Rookie righthander Deivi Garcia is scheduled to get the start for New York on Tuesday, while Toronto is expected to respond with veteran Taijuan Walker. Garcia earned his first career win last week against the Blue Jays, allowing just two earned runs in seven innings of work in a 7-2 victory. Walker has made three starts since joining the Blue Jays last month, and has surrendered just two total earned runs in 9.2 innings pitched over his past two starts.