After sweeping the Orioles out of the Bronx, the Yankees are heading north of the border for some french fries and gravy, sir. So, let’s take a look at what the Yankees will be up against in Toronto.
The Jays come into play with the fourth highest wOBA in the league (.341), behind only Minnesota (.344), Boston (.352) and New York (.364). They lead the league in home runs with a ridiculous 91; Boston is the closest team to them with 71. The Yankees are in fourth with 59.
On the other side of the ball, the Jays have the second best FIP in the AL with a 4.21 mark. Their starters, though, have the league’s best FIP at 3.70. The Yankees starters are in third with a solid 4.01 FIP. Jays pitchers lead the AL in K/9, 7.71, and are 5th in K/BB (2.16; Yankees third at 2.27).
Fielding hasn’t been great for the Jays, as they have the fourth worst UZR/150 in the league as well as the 6th worst defensive efficiency rating in the junior circuit.
The Jays seem like they’re for real this year. Of course, after this past week’s ninth inning meltdowns (and, frankly, the turning of the calender), we’re expecting the fall back to earth to come any second now. With the way the Yankees have been hitting lately, this could be the beginning of the end of Toronto’s “run.”
The pitching matchups will be:
Friday: A.J. Burnett (3.28 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 4.24 xFIP) vs. Brett Cecil (3.81 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 4.00 xFIP)
Saturday: Andy Pettitte (2.48 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 4.08 xFIP) vs. Ricky Romero (3.14 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 3.13 xFIP)
Sunday: Javier Vazquez (6.06 ERA, 5.33 FIP, 4.63 xFIP) vs. Brandon Morrow (6.00 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 4.10 xFIP)