This is a huge series for the first place Yankees. For the last place Jays, not so much.
In fact, in their last 15 games, Toronto is 4-11. So, it seems like the Blue Jays have already packed their bags on this season.
The Yankees will be throwing Nova, Kuroda, Pettitte and Hughes in this series. The Blue Jays will have Brandon Morrow, Chad Jenkins, Henderson Alvarez and a pitcher TBA.
If New York can take three of these four games, it would go a long way towards winning the A.L. East. But, if the Yankees split, or do worse, it may give the Orioles a chance to gain ground in the standings. (While the Yankees are in Toronto, the Orioles will be hosting Botson for three games in Camden Yards. And, who knows if the Red Sox are going to show up and play hard in those games? They should – considering it would be payback for last year. But, you never know.)
After today’s games, the gap between the O’s and Yanks will either be a half-game, a game and a half, or two and a half games.
If the gap is less than two games, then these games in Toronto will be huge for the Yankees.
Seeing all this, I can’t help but think of 1985 when the Yankees went into Toronto just 2.5 games back of first on September 12th for a four-game series.
New York won that first game but then lost the next three. That killed them – and then they lost the next 5 games in a row.
Can the Jays do that again to the Yankees, this year? We’ll soon find out.