Yanks Go Yard Radio Show Rewind: Blue Jays-Yankees Preview (5/24-5/26)
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show, we look ahead to this week’s Blue Jays-Yankees series
On last night’s episode of the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show, I started off the episode by talking about the New York Yankees (21-22) winning five consecutive games to end their West Coast trip, including a sweep of the Oakland A’s in a four-game series. During that series, Carlos Beltran went 9-for-18 with six doubles, a home run, and eight RBI’s.
Coming into tonight, the Yankees are 5.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East. Tonight, they begin a three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays (22-24). During the second week of the season, New York lost two out of three to Toronto at the Rogers Centre.
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This month, John Gibbons’ team is 11-10 and they are currently in last place in the AL East. Toronto’s vaunted offense has only scored 86 runs this month, which is the fourth worst in the American League. They only have three players who have driven in more than ten runs. Those three are Jose Bautista (recently moved to the leadoff spot), Edwin Encarnacion, and Troy Tulowitzki.
On the mound, the Blue Jays have had good starting pitching for most of the year. Their team ERA of 3.29 is tied with the Mariners for the best in the AL this month. As far as the starting pitching goes, their rotation has won 18 games, which is tied for third in the AL. Their ace, Marcus Stroman (not pitching in this series), is 5-1 with a 3.89 ERA in his first ten outings.
While the Blue Jays have a low team ERA, their bullpen has only won four games this season (4-13 record). Even though closer Roberto Osuna is 9-for-10 in saves with a 1.40 ERA, they can’t find a consistent bridge to get to him in the ninth. Their setup man, Drew Storen, has a 7.80 ERA in 18 games.
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To talk more about the Blue Jays, my guest was Keegan Matheson, the senior editor over at Jays Journal. Keegan gave his take on the Blue Jays being in last in the AL East and the concerns that the team has in the bullpen. Here are some of the other topics we discussed, which included more on the incident with the Rangers from two weeks ago:
- Did winning the Twins’ series this past weekend calm the concern in Toronto?
- Right move to hit Jose Bautista leadoff?
- Are the Blue Jays playing with an extra chip on their shoulder?
- Pitching Matchup Breakdown
- R.A. Dickey (Tonight’s Blue Jays’ starter) with a 2.30 ERA in four May starts
- Nathan Eovaldi (Tonight’s Yankees’ starter) coming off a one-hitter in his last outing
- Marco Estrada (tomorrow’s Blue Jays’ starter) has given up three runs or fewer in six of his eight starts
- Will Ivan Nova (Tomorrow’s Yankees’ starter) be effected by only throwing 62 pitches in his last start?
- Aaron Sanchez (Thursday’s Blue Jays’ starter) has thrown the second most innings in their rotation
- CC Sabathia (Thursday’s Yankees’ starter) had a strong return to the rotation last Friday
- Blue Jays hitters to watch: Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin
- Yankees hitters to watch: Carlos Beltran and Aaron Hicks
- Impact of Brett Cecil‘s loss on the bullpen
- Will the Blue Jays trade Storen this season?
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