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Series Preview: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

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One more weekend series before the fun really begins.

Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images

Well, here we are. Time flies when you’re having fun, and the Yankees are set to begin their final series of the regular season in what has been an incredibly entertaining season. Before the real work begins, the Yankees will look to finish the regular season on a high note, and Aaron Judge will look to make his final case for the American League MVP.

The Yanks dropped a three game series to the Blue Jays in Toronto just last weekend, but with the division out of reach and the Wild Card spot secure, Joe Girardi may elect to rest some guys and prepare for the playoffs that begin on Tuesday night, or keep his hot bats swinging.

Here are your pitching matchups for the three-game set in the Bronx:

Game One: Joe Biagini vs. Masahiro Tanaka

The Yankees saw Biagini last weekend north of the border, putting up three runs over five innings while drawing four walks in a 5-1 victory. Aside from a terrific start to begin the month where he tossed seven shutout innings and struck out 10, it has been a rough month for Biagini.

Judge is 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles in his brief career against Biagini, while the lone home run off the young righty came off the bat of Greg Bird.

In his final regular season start, Tanaka could use a strong outing to build some momentum heading into the postseason. After slowly getting back on track for most of the second half, Tanaka was rocked for seven earned runs in 5 23 innings against these Blue Jays in his last start. He gave up a few homers in Toronto, so Tanaka will look to keep the ball in the park on Friday afternoon. Excluding his last start, Tanaka has had success against the Blue Jays in the past. He has allowed just four hits in 28 at-bats to Josh Donaldson, and has held Justin Smoak to just one hit in 18 at-bats, while striking him out seven times.

Game Two: Marcus Stroman vs. Jaime Garcia

Toronto will send out their best in the middle game of the series, as Stroman enters the game with an ERA just over three. The Yanks were able to push across three runs over 5 23 against Stroman last time out, a game the Yankees lost 9-5. Once again, Judge is a bat to watch in this matchup (as he always is). The big man is 5-for-10 with two home runs in his career against Stroman.

After an unexpected dominant start against the Twins, Garcia was tagged for five runs over 2 13 innings against these Blue Jays last weekend. This could be Garcia’s final start as a Yankee, since it would be tough to see him make the postseason rotation despite his experience. However, given his performance against the Twins last week, maybe he should be considered for the Wild Card game? Just kidding.

Game Three: Brett Anderson vs. Jordan Montgomery

Like many of the Blue Jays’ starters, it has been a tough September for Anderson. The lefty was bombed for eight earned runs against the Royals just a week ago. He carries an ERA of 6.97 into his final start of the season. Anderson doesn’t have much experience against this Yankees’ roster except Jacoby Ellsbury, who is just 1-for-14 with an OPS of .205 against Anderson.

With Severino slated to start the Wild Card game, Montgomery will take the ball for the regular season finale. The lefty will look to finish a great rookie season against a Blue Jays lineup that he held scoreless for six innings in his only start against Toronto back in June. His last start on Tuesday night got off to a rocky start, but the rookie settled in nicely after being bailed out by the ridiculousness of Aaron Hicks.