Blue Jays underdogs at Yankees on MLB odds to open second half

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Toronto Blue Jays' Danny Jansen, centre, celebrates his two-run homer. (Seth Wenig/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays will return to action on the road Friday as they open a three-game series with the AL East-leading New York Yankees as lengthy plus-225 underdogs on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

It proved to be a tough first half for the Blue Jays. The club endured lengthy slides in both May and June, but showed signs of turning the corner prior to this week’s MLB All-Star Break and take a 5-5 record in their past 10 contests into Friday night’s Blue Jays vs. Yankees betting matchup at Yankee Stadium.

The Blue Jays continued to hit the ball well on their recent 10-game homestand, averaging 5.4 runs per game. The club has also shown signs of improvement in contests away from Rogers Centre after losing seven straight road games over a run that began in late May, posting road series wins in Baltimore and Boston while racking up a 5-7 record over their past two road trips.

However, wins have been scarce for the Blue Jays in recent visits to the Bronx, with the club going 3-10 in 13 dates at Yankee Stadium since the beginning of the 2018 MLB season, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.

The Blue Jays have regularly allowed big run totals in recent road matchups with the Yankees, surrendering 10 or more runs in four of their past seven clashes, and 7.15 runs per game over their past 13.

That has provided a silver lining for those taking the OVER at betting sites, which has gone 9-4 in dates with New York since the beginning of last season. But while the OVER has gone 8-3-1 in Toronto’s past 12 overall road contests, low-scoring dominated in the days leading up to this week’s All-Star Break, with the UNDER prevailing in four of the Jays’ past five contests.

While the Blue Jays look to build on recent modest success, the Yankees return to action looking to extend their 6.5-game lead over second-place Tampa Bay atop the AL East standings, and sit as strong minus-270 favourites in Friday night’s tilt with Toronto.

The Yankees were red-hot through the second half of June, winning 16 of 18 contests, a run fueled by an MLB record-setting stretch of 31 straight games with a home run. New York closed out the first half of the season with consecutive losses to the Rays, but with an AL-leading 57-31 record the Yankees continue to closely trail the Los Angeles Dodgers as plus-333 second favourites on the World Series odds.

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