Two of the top three home-run hitting teams in the American League will square off when the Toronto Blue Jays visit the New York Yankees. But while the Yankees have most of their sluggers healthy and gearing up for the postseason, the Blue Jays are struggling to field a full lineup. Jose Bautista and David Cooper are the latest to hit the disabled list. New York pushed its lead back to four games in the AL East and will be looking to pad the gap.
Toronto got a chance to rest Sunday, when the finale of a three-game series at Baltimore was postponed due to rain. The Blue Jays have lost seven straight and 21 of their last 26 as the offense has dropped off considerably. The Yankees appear to have rebounded from a rough stretch and took two of three from the Cleveland Indians over the weekend behind strong starting pitching. New York will have to work hard to not overlook the stumbling Blue Jays with a schedule that will pit them against playoff contenders in three straight series starting Friday.
Blue Jays Yankees Betting
When: 7:05 PM ET, Monday, August 27, 2012
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, RSN (Toronto), YES (New York)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Henderson Alvarez (7-11, 4.84 ERA) vs. Yankees RH David Phelps (3-4, 2.69)
Alvarez was scheduled to go Sunday before the rainout and has taken the loss in each of his last four starts. He was lit up for eight runs on 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings by the Texas Rangers last Sunday. The 22-year-old has received a total of six runs of support in those four starts but has completed more than five innings only once in that span. Alvarez pitched well in a loss at Baltimore on April 24, surrendering two runs on five hits in seven innings. Matt Wieters hit a solo homer off the right-hander in that game.
Phelps filled in nicely for CC Sabathia when the left-hander was on the disabled list and will stay in the rotation with Ivan Nova on the DL. Phelps, 25, lost his last start against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 18, surrendering three runs and seven hits while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings. The rookie right-hander has made five starts among 24 appearances this season, going 1-2 with a 2.92 ERA in the role.
1. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (left hand) and LHP Andy Pettitte (left leg) are scheduled to be examined Monday and could be cleared to resume baseball activities.
2. Adam Lind (back) was activated by the Blue Jays to take Cooper’s place Sunday despite not being 100 percent.
3. New York CF Curtis Granderson hit his 200th career home run Sunday and ranks fourth in the AL with 33 this season.