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And That’s That. Yanks Look To Finish Strong in Regular Season Finale

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CC Sabathia did his part yesterday but the Houston Astros did not cooperate and the AL East Crown goes to the Boston Red Sox. Which could be a blessing in disguise depending on who you listen to. If these teams tied after 162 games, the ensuing division playoff game would have roiled the rotations of both teams going into the next stage of the tournament.

Now that everything is settled, the Yankees will play out today’s finale by giving some guys rest (Judge, Sanchez, Didi and Bird) and depending on the flow of the game, substitutions should be liberal. But that’s not to say the club will roll over for this one. Anyone on the bubble for a postseason roster spot will be looking to impress. Not an easy game to pencil out some draft possibilities, but let’s take a look at our options.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 vs Toronto Blue Jays

Key Stats At-A-Glance

Money Line : Jays +142, Yankees -152
Over/Under : 8.5
Line Moves : Late ducats coming in on New York
Park Factors : Yankee Stadium is considered a hitter’s park.
Weather : 66°, cloudy, Wind NNW 6MPH, 0% chance of rain.

Trends

  • The Blue Jays are 3-11 in their last 14 games at Yankee Stadium.
  • As an underdog on the road Toronto is 19-35 (.352), 23rd best in MLB.

Brett Anderson vs The Yankees

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Brett Anderson ($5,600) gets the start for Toronto — and this how bad the Jays’ pitching woes have gone this season. After inking a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs in January, Anderson was placed on the 60-day DL in May due to back strain issues. The Cubbies activated him in late July, then whacked him. After being DFA’d, the Blue Jays picked him up to bolster their ailing rotation.

While still with Chicago, Anderson’s only start against the Yankees came on May 6th where he was shelled – lasting 1/3 of an inning while allowing 6 hits and 5 earned runs. Interestingly enough, Jordan Montgomery was the winning pitcher in New York’s 11-6 beatdown of the Cubs that day.

Anderson is 2-2 with two no-decisions since being named to Toronto’s starting rotation.

Here’s who to consider in today’s lineup.

  • Matt Holliday ($3,700) : There has been some speculation that Holliday may be left off the Wild Card play-in game roster, and a good day at the plate may make Joe Girardi’s decision tougher.
  • Ronald Torreyes ($2,800) : With a few well-timed hits today, Torreyes would be the star of the Toe-Night Show.
  • Chase Headley ($3,800) : No reason to think Head won’t close out his highly productive second half with a bang.

Jordan Montgomery vs The Toronto Blue Jays

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Jordan Montgomery ($7,500) comes in with a 9-7 record, 3.97 ERA and a WHIP of 1.25, with a pair of strong outings in his last two starts. He’s allowed only one earned run over 12 innings while recording 18 strikeouts.

Here’s who Gumby needs to be careful with in the Jays lineup:

  • Teoscar Hernandez ($3,200) : Hernandez is the pride of Toronto’s batch of young prospects and has already shown he can handle a bat, with three home runs off Yankee starting pitching.
  • Josh Donaldson ($4,600) : The Jay’s starting third baseman has been hot over the last month of the season, including smacking a pair of dingers off Chris Sale earlier this week.
  • Russell Martin (3,500) : No matter what kind of season Martin is having, you have to worry about when playing the Yankees. Not sure if he’s still ticked about getting kicked to the curb when the club signed free agent Brian McCann or what, but he kills the Yankees more often than not.

 
This is it for the 2017 regular season. The Yankees will host the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card Play-in game on Tuesday night at 7:00pm EST.

 
THE FINE PRINT : The fantasy lineup suggestions are purely speculation and should not be taken as gospel. Anything can and will happen in a baseball game, but this content is designed to provide a starting point for your lineup research. Best of luck, and let’s go Yankees!

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