Following last night’s win, the Yankees have now won nine games in a row. They’ve opened up a double digit lead in the AL East race, and their odds of making the playoffs according to some outlets are above 99.9%.
However, there’s still quite a number of weeks to go before we can really get into postseason talk. The Yankees still have just under 50 games to go, one of which comes tonight, when the Yankees take on the Blue Jays in the second game of the series in Toronto.
The are two notable achievements the Yankees can reach with a win tonight. The first is that it would extend the win streak to 10, which would mark the first time they’ve won double-digit games in a row this season. Second, the win would get them to 77-39. That doesn’t sound that impressive, but it does mark a record at which the Yankees could go .500 the rest of the way and still win 100 games, so that’s fun.
To try and get the win, the Yankees will send J.A. Happ to the mound. Happ’s mediocre 2019 is well-worn territory, but he’s been okay against the team the Yankees got him from last season. In two starts against the Blue Jays, Happ has allowed just three runs in 12.1 innings. More impressive, he’s only allowed one home run. His last start against them came on July 13th, since which there’s been some changes in Toronto’s lineup. So, it’s to be determined if that holds up.
As for Toronto, Sean Reid-Foley will get the start for them. He made one appearances out of the bullpen against the Yankees this season, but both of his starts against them came back in 2018. They were very different. On August 18th, the Yankees tagged him for six earned runs in 4.1 innings. However a month later, he struck out 10 and allowed just two hits in five innings.
Tonight’s game can be seen on YES or Fubo TV, or heard on WFAN or WADO. First pitch will be at 7:07 PM ET. Go Yankees, go baseball.