32 games. That's how many games the Yankees have remaining against AL East opponents. The Yankees' season, and post-season chances, likely hinge on their performance in those 32 games. Only 10 of them come against the Red Sox, meaning the Bronx Bombers don't have much room for error against their other division rivals, including the Toronto Blue Jays.
The first of those 32 games comes tonight, in a battle of veteran left handed pitchers. CC Sabathia will try to keep the Jays off balance tonight, in his second start at the Rogers Centre this season. Sabathia's had two weak starts and one strong outing against Toronto this season, but both his clunkers came at home. Here's hoping his road success continues.
Pitcher-I-thought-might-get-traded JA Happ will counter for the Jays in this battle of the initials. The lefty has been punished more than most by the elevated home run rate in baseball, as his 1.59 HR/9 rate places him in roughly the same neighbourhood as the struggling Rick Porcello. For a home run happy offense, Happ might be just what's needed to keep rolling after Sunday's 8-1 victory.
The game will be broadcast on YES and WFAN, starting at 7:07 PM EST.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Brett Gardner - CF||Jose Bautista - RF|
|Clint Frazier - LF||Russell Martin - C|
|Aaron Judge - RF||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Gary Sanchez - C||Justin Smoak - 1B|
|Chase Headley - DH||Kendrys Morales - DH|
|Didi Gregorius - SS||Steve Pearce - LF|
|Todd Frazier - 3B||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Garrett Cooper - 1B||Rob Refsnyder - 2B|
|Ronald Torreyes - 2B||Darwin Barney - SS|
|CC Sabathia - LHP||J.A. Happ - LHP|