Blue Jays highlight Monday MLB betting slate hosting Yankees

New York Yankees second baseman Tyler Wade, left, forces out Toronto Blue Jays' Jonathan Villar (30). (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to win two games in a row for just the second time in two weeks when they open a crucial four-game series with the New York Yankees on Monday.

Toronto closed out a dismal seven-game road trip on a winning note on Sunday. The team posted a 6-3 victory at -115 on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com in Philadelphia to move to four games back of second place New York in the AL East standings going into Monday night’s matchup at Sahlen Field.

The Blue Jays have struggled badly to contain opposing hitters, surrendering 61 total runs while falling to defeat in the first six outings on their recent road trip. The club’s slide cost them their hold on second place in the division, and put their post-season hopes at risk. However, with their final seven games of the MLB regular season coming on home turf, the Blue Jays maintain +1500 odds to win the American League pennant at sports betting sites.

The Blue Jays have been steady performers in their temporary home at Sahlen Field, going 12-7 there so far this season, but have produced mixed results against the Yankees. Toronto was outscored by a 43-15 margin while getting swept in a three-game series last week at Yankee Stadium. However, the club owns a 6-3 record in its last nine home meetings with the Yankees, and took two of three from New York in a home series earlier this month.

While the Blue Jays spent Sunday putting the brakes on their six-game slide, the Yankees saw a 10-game win streak come to a close with a 10-2 loss in Boston. The Yankees have produced streaky results all season long. In addition to its just-snapped win streak, the team has won at least six straight on two previous occasions, and has twice endured losing streaks lasting at least five games.

Despite taking bettors on a roller coaster ride, the Yankees have maintained staying power on the MLB futures, where they remain listed as +275 favorites to capture the AL championship.

Pitching matchups for all four games of this week’s series have yet to be formally announced. However, Matt Shoemaker is expected to get the call for Toronto on Monday night. The veteran right-hander has limited opponents to three or fewer earned runs in each of his past three starts, but has been sidelined for the past month by a right lat strain and is expected to be on a tight pitch count in Monday’s contest.

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