The Yankees/Blue Jays series has been a one-sided contest of late, especially when the Yankees are at home. The Yankees have won 15 straight against the Blue Jays in Yankee Stadium, an unbelievable streak that goes all the way back to 2012. The trend continued last night as the Yankees beat the Jays 7-3 on the back of Brian McCann‘s 5 RBI performance. The first place Blue Jays have been struggling of late going 3-8 in their last 11 games. The Yankees on the other hand, have won 6 of their last eight and are only 2.5 games out of first place.
The Yankees will march David Phelps to the mound. Phelps has been pretty good, although inconsistent at times as he has a 2-4 record to go along with a 4.32 ERA this season. On April 5th, Phelps surrendered 2 home runs in a relief appearance against the Blue Jays. He is 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA lifetime against the Jays.
Phelps will be opposed by 23-year-old Drew Hutchinson. He is 5-4 with a 3.62 ERA this season. Hutchinson was touched for a season-high six runs in just 3 1/3 innings in a loss at home against the Yankees on April 6th. Hutchinson vs Phelps should be a very even pitching matchup, as neither guy is unhittable, so both teams should get some chances. Whoever is off their game the most, will be the story of the game.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Brett Lawrie: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie exited the 7-3 loss after getting hit on the left hand with a pitch in the fourth inning and is considered day-to-day. This would be a big loss for the Jays especially on defense.
Solarte Struggling: Yangervis Solarte is 0-for-21 over his last six games. Hutchinson is a good guy to face if you’re looking to get on track, as he can be really inconsistent with location at times.