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MLB Pick: N.Y. Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

by Scott Burgess on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

The New York Yankees look to close out their three game home opening series with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays tonight. The Yankees took game 1, 3-2, and then Toronto won game 2, 5-2. Oddsmakers at Bookmaker.com has the Yankees as 170-moneyline favs over the Blue Jays who are listed as +150 roaddogs with the over/under at 9. Get your MLB Pick in at Bookmaker.com where the action is hot!

Starting pitcher for the Yankees will be Phil Hughes (5-3, 4.46 ERA). The righty went 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in three starts versus the Blue Jays in 2007. He struggled at home against the Jays, allowing seven runs and 14 hits in 9 1-3 innings spanning two starts. Hughes went 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts in September to help New York clinch the wild card. Alex Rodriguez accounted for New York's offense with a two-run homer in the seventh, but also struck out in the bottom of the ninth with two on and none out. Melky Cabrera had a homer against the Jays in game 1 of the series. Jorge Possada is listed as day to day.

Taking the mound for the Blue Jays will be righty Dustin McGowan (12-10, 4.08 ERA). He went 2-2 with a 5.25 ERA in four starts versus the Yankees last season. He struggled in losing the final two as he gave up 10 runs, nine hits, and nine walks in only 9 1-3 innings during those last two games. He is 2-2 with a 5.63 ERA in five starts and nine overall appearances against New York. Vernon Wells is back in form, he had 1 HR and 2 RBI in game 1. Alex Rios leads the Jays with a .600 batting average.

Recent Trends to Consider

  • Yankees are 5-0 in Hughes' last 5 starts.
  • Yankees are 4-0 in Hughes' last 4 starts vs. American League East.
  • Yankees are 5-0 in Hughes' last 5 starts with the total set at 9.0-10.5.
  • Yankees are 4-0 in Hughes' last 4 starts as a favorite.
  • Blue Jays are 1-4 in McGowans last 5 starts on grass.
  • Blue Jays are 1-4 in McGowans last 5 road starts.
  • Blue Jays are 1-4 in McGowans last 5 Thursday starts.
  • Blue Jays are 1-5 in McGowans last 6 starts as an underdog.

GAME: Toronto Blue Jays (1-1) at New York Yankees (1-1)
DATE/TIME: Thursday, April 03 – 7:05 PM EST
LINE: SBG Global.com  TOTAL: 9
PICK: N.Y.  Yankees -170

The Low Down: The Yankees start their No. 4 pitcher while the Blue Jays pitcher struggles at Yankee Stadium. The last two games have been UNDER the posted totals.  Get your MLB Pick in at Bookmaker.com where the action is hot!

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