Yankees-Blue Jays Preview
Having Deter Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in the lineup did little
to bolster their offense, though the New York Yankees might not
need much scoring with Andy Pettitte on the mound.
Pettitte will try to continue his successful run against the
Toronto Blue Jays and keep the visiting Yankees from sliding back
in the AL wild-card hunt Tuesday night.
New York (69-62) started both Jeter and Rodriguez for the first
time this season Monday. Rodriguez hit his 650th career home run,
but the pair went a combined 1 for 7 as the Yankees fell 5-2 for
their eighth loss in 11 road games.
Jeter, who went 0 for 3 after missing 22 games with a calf
strain, is 4 for 8 with two home runs against Tuesday’s starter
J.A. Happ (3-3, 5.10 ERA).
“He looked fine,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Everything looked
OK to me.”
Robinson Cano is hitting .211 in his past 19 road games after
going 0 for 4 in Monday’s loss that ended a 10-game winning streak
against the Blue Jays (59-73). The All-Star second baseman is
batting .351 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 14 games versus
Toronto this season.
The Yankees have scored 2.3 runs per game and batted .212 while
dropping three of four after averaging 6.3 runs and hitting .314
during a 10-2 stretch that vaulted them back into playoff
contention. They’re 4 1/2 games behind Oakland for the final
wild-card spot, with Cleveland and Baltimore ahead of them.
New York will attempt to generate some run support for Pettitte
(9-9, 4.26), who looks to win three straight starts for the first
time since his first three outings of the year.
Since going 0-3 with a 5.47 ERA during a five-start stretch,
Pettitte has allowed one earned run over 12 2-3 innings to win his
The left-hander has had the Blue Jays’ number, going 6-1 with a
3.04 ERA in his last eight meetings. He’s also gone 5-1 with a 2.91
ERA in his last seven in Toronto.
Pettitte looks to earn his third victory against Toronto this
season after he gave up one run and four hits over six innings in
Thursday’s 5-3 home win.
He’s limited Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie to a combined 2
for 20 over the past two seasons, though Rajai Davis is 9 for 17
with a home run and triple all-time in their matchups.
Pettitte might also have his hands full with Jose Reyes, who is
batting .387 in his last nine games against the Yankees.
“We just need to finish this one strong so that we go to spring
training with a better feeling,” said Reyes of his last-place Blue
Jays, who look for their first three-game winning streak since Aug.
Happ is scheduled to make his fifth start since returning from a
skull fracture and sprained knee, the result of being hit in the
head by a line drive May 7 at Tampa Bay.
The left-hander hopes to bounce back after allowing four runs
and five walks over 5 1-3 innings in Thursday’s loss at Yankee
Stadium. He had yielded three runs and three walks over 12 1-3
innings in his previous two outings.
“I’ve been feeling good since coming back,” said Happ, who fell
to 2-1 with a 5.46 ERA in five career starts against the
Ichiro Suzuki has gone 4 for 7 with two doubles when facing
Happ, but Cano (3 for 14) and Alfonso Soriano (3 for 11) have