Blue Jays open as favourites for series with Yankees

Ben Ennis & Arden Zwelling discuss the Blue Jays starting rotation plans, potential postseason matchups, and increased fan capacity at Rogers Centre ahead of the massive three-game series against the Yankees.

The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to move back into an American League wild card berth as they begin a crucial three-game series with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night as opening -152 favourites on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto is coming off back-to-back wins over the Twins in Minnesota this past weekend, but remains one game back of the Boston Red Sox and two games back of the Yankees in the American League wild card standings going into Tuesday night's matchup at Rogers Centre.

Set at +170 odds at betting sites to claim a wild card berth and return to the MLB postseason for a second straight year, the Blue Jays enjoy the benefit of playing each of their final six regular-season contests on home turf. However, Toronto has work to do to flip the script on some recent worrisome trends going into the final week of the season.

While the Blue Jays currently enjoy a two-game win streak, they have struggled to generate consistent results since returning to postseason contention during a 15-2 run that began in late August. The Blue Jays have stumbled to a middling 6-6 record in 12 outings since then, while tallying consecutive victories on just two occasions during that stretch.

And while they dominated in a four-game sweep at Yankee Stadium earlier this month, the Blue Jays have struggled when battling the Yankees at home this season. The Blue Jays were swept by New York in a three-game series at Sahlen Field back in June, and sport a 2-4 record in six home dates with New York in 2021, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.

Despite those home struggles, the Blue Jays have managed to consistently contain the vaunted New York attack. They have limited the Yankees to just over 3.1 runs per game while winning 10 of 16 overall meetings during the current campaign, with the UNDER going 8-2 for totals bettors over those 10 victories.

The Yankees look to Tuesday night's contest as road underdogs despite enjoying a six-game win streak that has lifted them to the top of the AL wild card standings. The Yankees are coming off a three-game sweep in Boston to maintain their recent steady performance on the road, claiming victory in six of their past seven outings away from home.

New York's late-season charge has not been overlooked at the sportsbooks, where they have emerged as a short -900 wager to claim a wild card spot. However, the Yankees continue to sit off the pace on the World Series odds, where they lag as a +1400 wager to end a 12-year championship drought.

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