Start spreadin’ the news. I’m leaving today.
It appears that every member of the red-hot New York Yankees will be able to sing that song, as, according to reports, the new leader in the American League East will bring its full roster to Toronto to face the Blue Jays in a battle of divisional contenders.
New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Monday, May 02, 2022 – 07:07 PM EDT at Rogers Centre
There had been concern that Canada’s strict laws on COVID vaccination would prevent several team members from participating in the AL East showdown in Toronto since anyone not vaccinated who crosses the border into Canada needs to sit for a two-week quarantine.
Reportedly, however, the Yankees are now fully vaccinated and will be at full power as they take their nine-game winning streak north. Two weeks ago, when the deadline for reaching full vaccination status in time for the trip came and went, manager Aaron Boone assured reporters, “I think we’re going to be in a good spot. That’s my understanding.”
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Since slugger Aaron Judge was one of the players reportedly not yet vaccinated when the season started, that was good news indeed for the Yankees.
One last concern for New York: There is mandatory COVID testing at the border crossing, and other teams that have played in Toronto have found themselves short-handed after some non-symptomatic positive tests knocked players out of the lineup.
The Yankees head north as the hottest team in MLB after winning their last nine and 11 of 12. That includes a three-game weekend sweep in Kansas City to start the road trip. New York also swept Baltimore during the winning streak, earning its last six wins against two of the worst teams in the American League.
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For the season, the Yankees are 14-4 against teams with a losing record and just 2-2 against teams over .500. The Yankees offense has been clicking, scoring 58 runs in the last seven games—8.3 per game. The team also has five games over the winning streak where it allowed two runs or fewer—including a shutout.
"We're where we need to be -- not too high, not too low," Judge said. "Just trying to stay consistent. I think that's the name of the game for this team. If we stay consistent–consistent at-bats, consistent defense, don't give anybody extra outs—we're going to be in a good spot every series."
The Yankees will start Jordan Montgomery on Monday. He’s 0-1 but has a 2.70 ERA and is allowing fewer than one baserunner an inning.
The Blue Jays have had a tougher go of things on their recent schedule, playing their last 13 games against the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, who, while not tearing things up this season, are still loaded with talent and expected to contend in their respective divisions. The Yankees series will end a 10-game homestand for the Jays.
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They’re 5-2 so far since returning to Rogers Centre and have won their last five series, since splitting four in New York against the Yankees in early April. The Jays have not lost a series yet this season. Toronto is 6-4 against teams with a winning record, playing a half-dozen more games against contenders so far than the Yankees have.
Toronto has been living well. Their last four wins, and seven of their last eight, have been by one run. On the year, the Jays are 9-2 in one-run games. Toronto will turn to Ross Stripling for this matchup. He’s 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA. He struck out seven in five innings against the Red Sox in his last start.
The Yankees have been crushing the ball lately, but their only four games against a winning team this season were against the Blue Jays three weeks ago. Toronto is more tested against top-notch competition and have been winning tight games. Look for that to continue as the Jays eke out a close, low-scoring win to start the showdown. Don't forget to place your bets at top-rated sportsbooks.
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