Yankees vs Blue Jays Prediction - MLB Picks 5/18/23

Toronto Blue Jays (24-18) vs New York Yankees (25-19)

Game Info: Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Jose Berrios (3-3) (4.70) vs Nestor Cortes (3-2) (5.53)

Betting Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -135 / New York Yankees +110 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

heir series finale this Thursday from the Rogers Centre on the MLB Network. Toronto took game two in extras on a Danny Jensen walk off, 3-0. 

Yankees Betting Preview

New York moved to 25-20 after losing to Toronto. The Yankees were shutout for just the second time this season, and they’ll look to respond here in the series finale. The New York offense is scoring 3.92 runs per game, while batting .239, with a .313 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.87 ERA, with a 1.25 WHIP. Anthony Rizzo has recorded a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he leads the Yanks in hits (49) batting average (.308). Aaron Judge has ripped off three homers in the series with Toronto, and he leads the team in HR (11) and RBI (26). 

Nestor Cortes (3-2, 5.53 ERA, 42 Ks) will take the hill for New York. The sixth-year left hander had a tough time with Tampa at home last time out, giving up six runs in just 4.1 innings pitched. Cortes has only delivered a pair of quality starts in eight outings this season, and his two losses have come away from Yankee Stadium this season, allowing seven runs in his last road spot against the Rangers

Blue Jays Betting Preview

Toronto moved to 25-18 after defeating New York. The Blue Jays used heroics to jump back into the win column last night, and they’ll look to double down here. 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 has recorded a hit in all three games against the Yanks, and he’s up to team-leads of 9 homers and 28 RBI. Vlad Guerrero Jr. has produced a run in each of the last four games, and he’s second on the team in RBI at 26. Kevin Kiermaker has multiple hits in six of the last eight games, and he now leads the Jays in batting (.327).

Jose Berrios (3-3, 6.70 ERA, 44 Ks) will get the ball for Toronto. The eighth-year righty pitched well in his last outing versus the Braves, nearly pitching a second straight quality start by going 5.2 innings and allowing just two runs en route to a Jays victory. This will mark Berrios first start against the Yanks this year, and he’s 2-0 at home this season with victories over the Rays and White Sox.

New York vs Toronto Trends

New York is 24-21 against the spread this season, with a 21-23-1 O/U record. Toronto is 22-21 ATS this year, with a 20-21-2 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

Toronto struck back in a low scoring affair last nite, and they have a good chance of remaining in the win column Thursday. Nestor Cortes has been very shaky on the road early on this season, and after nearly being held scoreless and dropping a third straight game, they may come out a bit more aggressive in this season finale. Roll with Toronto again in game four.

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