The New York Yankees still haven't lost a series this season, but things have been looking fairly glum recently. Between a series against the Angels littered with bad offensive showings and a listless loss against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, the Yankees aren't exactly blowing through their foes.
Injuries to names like Giancarlo Stanton, Harrison Bader, and Josh Donaldson have made it impossible to get any sort of consistency on offense. With a contender like Toronto coming to town, the Yankees are likely well aware of the fact that they need to pick up the pace.
With the expected matchup of starting pitchers involving a player that has been a thorn in the Yankees' side for years, Saturday's game promises to be a vicious battle of wills that also includes two of the game's best hitters in Aaron Judge and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. matching up. This is some appointment viewing in April.
Will the Yankees find some way to take down the Jays and prove their worth as a viable juggernaut in the AL East? If they fail to do so, the Blue Jays could escape Yankee Stadium with a very important series victory.
Yankees Starting Lineup vs. Blue Jays, April 22
Yankees Pitching Probables for Saturday, April 22 vs Blue Jays
Both teams will send their aces to the mound, as Gerrit Cole will get the ball for the Yankees. In his last time out, Cole pitched a 2-hit shutout against the Minnesota Twins in an effort that brought his ERA down to just 0.95 this season. Will he be able to keep the momentum up against a tough Toronto lineup?
The Jays will counter with the controversial Alek Manoah, who has struggled mightily this season. Manoah has given up 15 runs and surrendered 15 walks in just 19 innings this season, which is a far cry from the 2.24 ERA he has last season. Still, the Yankees should fear him after he mowed them down multiple times in 2022.