Jays-Yankees Season Series Finale Preview
Jays fans, this is the potential ALDS preview you’ve been waiting for! If Toronto maintains their lead over New York, and catches the Royals for the best record in the American League, there is a very real possibility of facing the Yankees, if they are able to win the one game playoff against the second AL wildcard.
The starting pitchers for the Jays for the three game season series finale are, David Price, Marco Estrada and Marcus Stroman. That is a drool worthy starting 3 which has got to have everyone in the 6ix feeling really good right now. Yes, the Jays are coming off back to back losses to the last place Red Sox, and the Yankees just finished beating up on the Mets, but Toronto has got to be feeling confident coming into this series. The Yankees 11–2 beating of the Mets was a result of the innings pitched restriction placed on Matt Harvey by the club to help keep him healthy. Harvey struck out 7 while allowing 1 hit through 5 innings before the bullpen imploded for 2 separate 5 run innings.
The Jays themselves are coming off 2 heartbreaking losses to the Sox, and are looking to this series to solidify the top spot in the AL East. The Jays have 13 games remaining, all against AL East division opponents, so this series will not break their season if they lose to the Yankees, however, owning an 11–5 record against the Bronx Bombers so far this season, they will be looking to put an exclamation point on the statement they have already made so far.
The Yankees will be missing starter Masahiro Tanaka who is being bumped from his scheduled Wednesday night start due to a grade 1, hamstring strain. The Yankees are hopeful he will return for his next start. The Yankees starters will be, Adam Warren, Luis Severino and Ivan Nova, who will be replacing Tanaka. Not exactly the most intimidating 3 starters, but still not to be taken lightly. Should the hypothetical Yankees-Jays ALDS matchup actually happen, those would be the pitchers that the Jays would could potentially face, with Sabathia likely replacing Nova, while Tanaka will probably get the nod in the wildcard game and most likely would not be available before game 3 or 4. Severino has been the strongest of the three Yankees starters this season, however, is 0–2 against the Jays this year, and in his last outing against Toronto, he only lasted 2.1 innings, allowing 6 earned runs, 6 hits and 2 homers. One of those was an absolute bomb by @BringerOfRain20 who keeps on adding to his MVP calibre season with his hustle and clutch hitting to go along with stellar defense.
Where the Yankees actually stack up to the Jays is at the back end of the bullpen. The Jays have young studs Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna, while the Yankees counter with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. Betances and Miller have been strikeout machines combining for 209K’s in only 141.1 innings pitched. While the numbers are certainly impressive, the Yankees have to keep the score somewhat close to be able to use those arms at the end of the game. The Jays offensive juggernaut has proven to be mostly unstoppable against the Yankees, limiting Betances and Miller to a combined 11.2 innings of work against them in 16 games.
This exciting and potentially decisive series has its conclusion on Wednesday with arguably, one of the most must see young pitchers in the game, my man, Marcus Stroman facing Ivan Nova. Since coming back from a torn ACL on his landing leg suffered in Spring Training, Stroman has continued where he left off last season, showing off his electric stuff that keeps fans on the edge of their seats. While many Toronto fans voiced concern over Stroman’s hasty return to the starting rotation, he continues to prove all of the doubters wrong with his inspiring and trieless work ethic. How good has Stroman been in his first 2 starts? Accodring to Fangraphs, His pitch velocity is within a fraction of a MPH slower than his average last season, he is hitting the strikezone with a higher percentage of pitches, which shows confidence, and he has doubled his groundball to flyball ratio while getting batters to pull the ball at a higher rate, which translates to more hitters rolling over on balls hitting weak groundballs.
It’s going to be an electric 3 games at the Rogers Centre, in what will surely bring a post-season atmosphere that hasn’t been felt in over 20 years! #comeTogether