Toronto Blue Jays vs NY Yankees – 4/6/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The Major League Baseball season has its Opening Day Monday for the majority of the teams. On tap for April 6th will be an American League East affair as the Toronto Blue Jays will meet the New York Yankees. They get started from Yankees Stadium at 1PM Eastern Time over ESPN TV.
The New York Yankees were a disappointment a year ago as the team was struck hard with injuries to their starting rotation. Missing significant time were C.C. Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda. The team will welcome Alex Rodriguez back to the lineup after his season long suspension due to PED use. ARod had a successful spring but production in March is forgotten very quickly when they play for keeps in April.
The Toronto Blue Jays were many pundits pick to win the American League East during the 2014 season. The team finished with an 83-79 record good for third place in the AL East and five games behind Oakland for the final Wildcard spot.
New York Yankees Starting Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka will get the start for the Yankees. The right hander missed much of the 2014 season with an elbow injury that was nearly serious enough for Tommy John surgery. Some say the surgery is inevitable. Tanaka started 20 games for the Yankees last season and went 13-5 with an ERA of 2.77 in 136 1/3rd innings of work. He had three starts against the Blue Jays a season ago and allowed four earned runs, 16 hits in three starters working a total of 18 1/3rd innings.
New York Yankees 2B: It was a poor year for veteran Stephen Drew. He hits just .162 in 271 at bats with seven homers runs and 26 RBI’s. At home in Yankees Stadium Drew hit just .149 with 25 strikeouts in 87 at bats.
New York Yankees CF: Jacoby Ellsbury was sideline with an oblique injury but is expected to play on Monday. He has had good success hitting Hutchison with a .455 average as he goes 5 of 11 with three RBI’s. He was a .303 hitter at Yankees Stadium as he belted seven homers with 28 RBI”s in 264 at bats.
New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez last saw work in a regular season game for the New York Yankees back in the 2013 campaign. His numbers have gone down and it was a real struggle as he batted .244 in 156 at bats with seven homers and 19 RBI’s. He hit just .111 as a pinch hitter that season.
Toronto Blue Jays Starting Pitcher: It will be 24 year old Drew Hutchison taking the mound for the Blue Jays on Opening Day. He started 32 games for the Blue Jays in 2014 and went 11-13 with an ERA Of 4.48 working 184 2/3rd innings. Hutchinson is prone to the big innings as the hurler has allowed five or more earned runs in nine of his starts last season.
Blue Jays 1B: Edwin Encarnacion has had modest success against the Yankees starter Tanaka as he has four hits in eight at bats. He hit .270 against right handers a season ago with 19 homers and 54 RBI’s.
Blue Jays RF: Power hitter Jose Bautista put up some respectable numbers against right handed hitters with a .270 average with 25 homers and 84 RBI’s. He belted four home runs at and hit .313 at Yankees Stadium a season ago.
Blue Jays C: Veteran Russell Martin joins Toronto after spending the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his time with Pittsburgh the Pirates starting staff began to show improvement. Martin’s place of birth is East York Canada. He hit for average in 2014 as the catcher batted 2.90 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI’s. It was his highest batting average since way back in the 2007 season with the LA Dodgers where he batted .293.
Blue Jays 3B: Josh Donaldson will play his first full season the Toronto Blue Jays after spending his four season in the Major Leagues with the Oakland Athletics. He finished the 2014 campaign hitting 2.55 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI’s.
Baseball Mock Draft for One-Day Fantasy Leagues:
1B: Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)
RF: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays)
C: Russell Martin (Blue Jays)
3B: Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
P: Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees)
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury (Yankees)