Postseason Locked But More Work Remains; Garcia vs Stroman Today

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With a gritty performance from Sonny Gray and lights out relief from the bullpen, your 2017 New York Yankees have earned a slot in the postseason tournament. The Red Sox keep winning, so the dream of a division title is fading by the day but that Yankees fully intend to keep the pressure on. Jaime Garcia takes the mound for the Bronx Bombers against Marcus Stroman.
On a side note, this will more than likely be Joey Bats’ last home at Rogers Centre, and the fans gave him a standing-O in his last AB yesterday (a swinging strikeout by David Robinson). Look for a fond farewell from the Toronto fans today.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 @ Toronto Blue Jays

Key Stats At-A-Glance

Money Line : Jays +110, Yankees -120
Over/Under : 8
Line Moves : Late dineros coming in on New York
Park Factors : Rogers Centre is regarded as a pitcher’s park.
Weather : 85°, sunny, Wind S 6MPH, 0% chance of rain (roof is open).

Trends

  • The Yankees are 2-5 in their last seven games at Rogers Centre.
  • As a home underdog, Toronto is 13-8 (61.9 winning percentage, second best in MLB.
  • After a win, the Yankees are 45-40 (52.9%), 11th best in MLB.
  • The Yankees are 40-29 against AL East divisional opponents, 6th best in MLB.

Marcus Stroman vs The Yankees

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Marcus Stroman ($0,000) : The pride of Medford, Long Island and 2017 World Baseball Classic Team USA hero leans heavily on a 94MPH sinker, 87MPH slider, in addition to a 94MPH four-seam fastball. He also adds in a curveball and changeup, both in the low 80s.
Stroman is having a strong September with a 1-2 record over four starts, but that’s more reflective of a lack of run support. In 20.2 innings he has 21 strikeouts, allowing only 5 earned runs and a 2.18 ERA.
But — he can give up the long ball and five Yankees on the current roster have proof. Castro, Todd Frazier, Gardner (2), Holliday and Judge have all went yard on him.
Gardy is hitting .300 (9-30) against Stroman, while Ellsbury seems to have trouble seeing him with a 2-21 (.095) mark. So does Didi Gregorius, who is 3-16 (.188).
 
Here’s who to consider in today’s lineup.

  • Aaron Judge ($5,700) : Judge is 4-8 against Stroman with a home run.
  • Todd Frazier ($3,900) : The Toodfather is 3-7 against Stroman with 2 home runs and 5 RBI.
  • Greg Bird ($3,100) : Only one hit in three ABs against Stroman, but Bird is starting to get it dialed in at the plate. Great value pick for the position.

Jaime Garcia vs The Toronto Blue Jays

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Jaime Garcia ($0,000) : Although he didn’t factor into either decision, Garcia has turned in two solid outings in his September starts, limited to 10.1 innings but a 0.87 ERA and 13 strikeouts.
His only start against Toronto in 2017 was in an Atlanta Braves uni on May 16th where he gave up 4 earned runs in 5.1 innings and Kevin Pillar took him deep, but the visiting Braves sealed it late in a 9-5 win.
What we love about Garcia is that he is a grinder. A smart pitcher with attitude and passion — yet another deft move by GM Brian Cashman. Think the Twins could use him now?
Here’s who Garcia needs to be careful with in the Blue Jays’ lineup:

  • Darwin Barney ($3,000) : More often than not, Barney has proven to be a reliable low-budget pick. He’s faced Garcia more than any current Blue Jay and sports a 5-18 (.316) mark with a triple and home run off the Yankee lefty.
  • Teoscar Hernandez ($2,600) : Don’t bet against the streak! Hernandez has now taken Tanaka and Gray deep in this series. He’s 0-3 with a strikeout against Garcia. Once again, for the price this pick will keep you out of the bargain basement bin for other positions.

 
Upon completion of today’s game, the Yankees will return home for the remaining seven games of the season. A make-up game on Monday against the Kansas City Royals, a three-game set against Tampa, then closing the regular season out against these Toronto Blue Jays.
 
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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