Partner Content | yankees vs. Blue Jays picks and odds: Stick with Manoah vs. New York

Things couldn’t have gone any worse for the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday when the New York Yankees defeated the home team 12-3 in the series opener.

The pre-game narrative: Toronto will look to put its last two games behind it on Saturday. The Blue Jays lost their previous two outings by a combined score of 22-5, but will get a boost with one of their best pitchers in the lurch.

Take a look at our Yankees vs. Blue Jays for June 18.

Summary of picks for Yankees vs. blue jays

  • Blue Jays money line (-134)
  • Under 8.5 runs (-121)
  • Under 0.5 Total Runs – Inning 1 (-108)

Yankees vs. Blue Jays picks

Best bet: Blue Jays money line (-134)

Alek Manoah has thrived when facing the Yankees throughout his career and we hope that success carries over into Saturday’s game.

The 24-year-old is 2-0 in four starts against New York with a brilliant 1.52 ERA in 23.2 innings of work. He has only allowed four runs in those outings and has struck out 25 pinstripes, his third-highest total against any team in the majors.

Some of Toronto’s best hitters have done well against Yankees starter Jameson Taillon in their at-bats. Here’s how every Blue Jays hitter with seven or more plate appearances has performed against the 30-year-old.

Player plate appearances oblique line
George Springer 17 .154/.313/.385
Bo Bichette sixteen .438/.438/.625
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. fifteen .357/.400/.714
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 14 .077/.143/.77
Teoscar Hernandez 12 .273/.333/.636
matt chapman eleven .100/.182/.400
spinal james 7 .286/.286/.286
Alexander Kirk 7 .429/.429/.714

Bichette had the day off Friday after suffering a foot contusion but his presence in the lineup would be huge on Saturday considering his historic success against the right-hander.

With pitching advantage and home court advantage, we’re rolling with the Blue Jays to snap New York’s eight-game winning streak.

Key stat: Manoah has limited the Yankees to a .446 OPS in his career, which is the lowest mark he has allowed against any team in the AL East.

quick picks

Under 8.5 runs (-121): These are two of the best offenses in baseball, but there are good reasons to back this number up. The Blue Jays have been under this total in nine of Manoah’s 12 starts this season, while the Yankees have been under this total in seven of Taillon’s 12 starts. These two pitchers have met twice this season and have allowed just a combined four runs in 23 innings pitched.

Read more: How to bet on the Blue Jays

Under 0.5 Total Runs – Inning 1 (-108): We expect a low scoring game and also a first inning with no runs. This wager has paid off both times these pitchers have dueled this year and in seven of the 10 meetings between these two squads this season.

Odds as of 8:35am ET on 06/17/2022.


Steven Psihogios writes about sports betting for NorthStar Bets. NorthStar Bets is owned by NordStar Capital, which also owns Torstar, the parent company of Star. Follow him on Twitter: @StevenPsihogios

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