Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees Betting Preview 04/21/18

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Before the Yankees trounced the Blue Jays, 9-1, at the Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Aaron Boone offered a blunt assessment of the state of his bullpen.

With their top prospect Gleyber Torres, 21, going 0-for-4 in his major-league debut at second base, the Yankees had a starting lineup of players all under 30 for the first time since September 29, 1989.

"I was just excited to get two runs on the board against a tough pitcher like Stroman", Judge said. Obviously it's going to change, but I mean, I was 22, 23 catching 40-year-olds. "I know that with my work ethic, I'm going to get back to where I need to be, hopefully soon". Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0.

Jonathan Holder arrived to pitch the top of the eighth and ninth with an eight-run lead and was able to retire the Blue Jays to close out the game.

NY skipper Aaron Boone made the pitching change and Gray exited the game to boos from the crowd after he went only 3 1/3 innings. The Yankees wound up batting around and having Brett Gardner record a sac-fly and Aaron Judge with an RBI-single. The 2017 American League Rookie of the Year is now 7-for-16 (.438) against the Blue Jays starter, with over half of those hits (four) leaving the yard. "I try to go as many innings as I can". "It was a 3-0 pitch to Judge that kind of leaked back over the plate, he hammered it, but other than that, through those first five I felt great".

Aaron Judge put the Yankees on the board in the bottom of the third with a monster two-run home run.

Robertson loaded the bases with no outs on consecutive walks but limited Toronto to one run on pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson's RBI single.

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At that point, if Hernandez is still tearing things up, will the Blue Jays option him to protect Grichuk, who is in the almost impossible position of straightening out his game without a clear path to playing time? Six of the eight runs he surrendered in five and a third innings were earned. It was the first homer of the season allowed by Severino.

He hasn't gotten a lot of help from his offense either.

The left-hander lasted six strong innings while striking out five batters and only surrendering one earned run on four hits. NY is also 6-13 in their last 19 in game four of a series and 1-5 in their last six Sunday games.

Despite the outcome and lack of early-season success, Stroman said he believes Saturday's performance could be a small step in the right direction and is confident that he can fix his command issues moving forward.

"I thought it was hilarious", he said. "It's taken a little time, he's made a couple of adjustments, but physically I think he's right where he needs to be at this point and it really is a matter of, having that one good game to springboard off of and I expect to see that soon". That sixth inning just got away.

While his first season in the Blue Jays organization didn't go well (.229/.268/.339 between Class-A Advanced and Double-A), the younger Gurriel played much better in the Arizona Fall League past year.