The Blue Jays are no joke. Not only do they lead the majors with 91 homeruns, but also their young pitchers top all of baseball with 421 strikeouts with a combined 4.21 era.
Translation, the Blue Jays look strong from all angels and it does not surprise me at all.
The Blue Jays wait for Aaron Hill to get hot, as he is certifiably their best hitter. Hill has been dealing with on and off injury all season, but with his power added, the Blue-Jays line-up is lethal.
WHAT TO WATCH:
- Pitching will be key, as on paper the match-ups break pretty evenly. Young vs. Veterans, can experience beat young at heart?
GAME 1: Ex-Blue Jay, AJ Burnett will open up the series against rookie Brett Cecil. Both pitchers are coming off great outings. Cecil he has to stay aggressive against the scary Yankee line-up, and good time for Posada to come back, he has two homeruns in five at-bats against Cecil. Burnett has to maintain control and continue to hit the corners, as he did in his last start. Burnett didn’t allow a walk against Baltimore, but does that even count against the O’s?
GAME 2: Andy Pettitte vs. Ricky Romero should be interesting as both have been excellent this season. The Angels line-up crushed Romero, so the Yankees could be too much for the youngster to handle. Romero has a 5.94 era, going 1-1 in his two previous outings with the Bombers. Pettitte love pitching on the road and should take this game.
GAME 3: Javier Vazquez is up against Brandon Morrow on Sunday afternoon. Vazquez is getting back into form and he has always pitched well in the Roger Centre. Vazquez has only allowed five earned runs in 30 innings against the Blue Jays, so looks like another opportunity for Vazquez to improve. Morrow has only made 25 major league starts and the youngster looked great in his last outing against the tough Rays. Morrow cannot throw strikes as he only had one strike-out in seven innings against the Rays, but held them to just two earned runs. This game will probably be the highest scoring-wise on both sides because Vazquez loves to give up homeruns and Morrow will walk too many patient Yankee batters. This game is up for grabs….