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The New York Yankees will be visiting the Toronto Blue Jays with an intent to win the second match of their three-game series at Rogers Centre. Masahiro Tanaka (4.93 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) will start for the Yankees against Blue Jays’ Nick Tepesch (5.40 ERA, 4.20 WHIP). Can the Blue Jays defend their nest against the Yankees?
Masahiro Tanaka, Photo Credit: Bleacher Report
Tanaka has been performing well despite having an 8-10 record, he had a quality start in his previous games against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers respectively. His last match ended in a loss even though he only gave up two runs and a walk while striking out seven of the Tigers’ batters in six innings. Regardless of Tanaka’s respectable performance at home (5-5, 4.03 ERA), he plays worse on the road (3-5, 5.89 ERA).
Nick Tepesch, Photo Credit: MLB
On the other hand, former Minnesota Twins’ pitcher Tepesch lost his first and only match of the season last May 6 at home. He gave up seven runs, a homer, and two walks while striking out two batters in only one frame against the Boston Red Sox. Despite his current performance in MLB, Tepesch has done better with a 3.00 ERA back in Triple-A Rochester.
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From left to right: Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius, Photo Credit: NY Daily News
The New York Yankees’ best batter is currently Didi Gregorius who has the highest batting average (.308) in his team. Gregorius is also posting an outstanding .316/.341/.551 line and a .892 OPS against right-handed pitchers. Another Yankees’ batter who Tepesch should watch out for is Aaron Judge; the Yankees’ rookie recently hit his 35th homerun against the Cleveland Indians. Plus, he has an impressive .305/.415/.630 line and a 1.044 OPS versus righties.
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Jose Bautista, Photo Credit: Pan American World
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays have Jose Bautista who has had the most success against Tanaka. Bautista had 32 career appearances and he’s posting a .281/.343/.469 line and a .812 OPS versus the Yankees’ starting pitcher. Plus, he currently has a respectable .230/.332/.415 line and a .748 OPS against right-handed pitchers.
Tanaka’s last outing with the Blue Jays was last July 3, when he only allowed a run and a walk while fanning eight batters across seven innings. On the other hand, Tepesch’s last game against the Yankees was way back on July 22, 2014, when he only conceded one run in less than an inning.
Tanaka has enough experience to keep the Blue Jays’ offensive lineup in check. If he can strike out the majority of their batters then this game would be a breeze for the Yankees.
Projected Winner: The Yankees