Yankees vs Blue Jays Prediction - MLB Picks 5/17/23

Toronto Blue Jays (24-17) vs New York Yankees (24-19)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Chris Bassitt (5-2) (3.49) vs Gerrit Cole (5-0) (2.22)

Betting Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -111 / New York Yankees -111 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Blue Jays will host the New York Yankees for game three of their divisional series from the Rogers Centre on Amazon Prime. New York took game two after pulling away in the final two innings, 6-3.

Yankees Betting Preview

New York moved to 25-19 after defeating Toronto. The Yankees didn’t play with their food yesterday, and they’ll look to double down here.  The New York offense is scoring 3.92 runs per game, while batting .228, with a .298 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.54 ERA, with a 1.17 WHIP. Anthony Rizzo has been the glue so far this season in the Bronx, and after producing a run in five of the last seven games,  he leads the Yanks in hits (37) batting average (..308). DJ Lemahieu has a hit in nine of the last ten games, and he’s up to 5 HR and 18 RBI.  

Gerrit Cole (5-0, 2.22 ERA, 62 Ks) will take the mound for New York. The ace of staff somewhat avenged a rough outing in Tampa by holding them two runs in five innings at home last week. Cole came out very sharp with six quality starts in his first seven outings, and he’ll look to regain that form here in Toronto. The lone non-quality start during that stretch was against the Blue Jays, where he barely missed the stat with 5.2 shutout innings pitched. 

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Blue Jays Betting Preview

Toronto moved to 24-18 after falling to New York. The Blue Jays have dropped the first two contests at home, and they'll look avoid losing the series here on Wednesday. The Toronto offense is scoring 4.85 runs per game, while batting .257, with a .331 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.93 ERA, with a 1.25 WHIP. Bo Bichette produced a pair of runs in last night’s win, and he’s up to team-leads of 9 homers and 28 RBI. Vlad Guerrero Jr. has doubled in four of the last six games, and he’s second on the team in RBI (22). Matt Chapman leads the Jays in batting average (.312).

Chris Bassitt (4-2, 3.49 ERA, 41 Ks) will take the mound for Toronto. The ninth-year pitcher continues to look like the signing of the winter after delivering another gem against Atlanta, striking out eight in a complete game shutout at home. The performance marked  Basset’s sixth quality starts in seven games, and he’s won each of his last three starts.

New York vs Toronto Trends

New York is 18-22 against the spread this season, with a 23-16-1 O/U record. Toronto is 21-19 ATS this year, with a 18-20-2 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

New York has taken the first two contests, but even Gerrit Cole set to go on Wednesday, I feel like Jays respond and avoid a third straight loss. Toronto may even quietly have the advantage on the mound with Chris Bassitt dealing the way he is, and I like the profitable shot here with them. Take Toronto to win game three.

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