Blue Jays vs. Yankees Picks & Prediction: AL East Showdown in the Bronx

Varun Sharma

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With just 12 games left in the MLB season, the playoff picture is becoming more and more clear.

As the Orioles and Rays battle it out for the AL East crown, it’s the Yankees and Redsox that look like they’ll miss the playoffs.

The Blue Jays are caught in the middle, fighting for the final two Wild Card spots with three quarters of the AL West; the Rangers, Astros, and Mariners.

Let’s take a trip to the Bronx and talk about this AL East matchup between the Yankees and Blue Jays.

Blue Jays vs. Yankees Game Information

Yankees look to play spoiler in the Blue Jays hunt for the post-season.

Matchup Information

  • Location: Yankee Stadium; New York, New York
  • Date: September 19, 2023
  • Time: 7:05 PM EST

Pitching Matchup

  • Toronto Blue Jays: Yusei Kikuchi (9-6, 3.81 ERA)
  • New York Yankees: Clarke Schmidt (9-8, 4.56 ERA)

Betting Odds

Courtesy of Bovada


  • Blue Jays -1.5 (+145)
  • Yankees +1.5 (-170)


  • Blue Jays (-117)
  • Yankees (-103)


  • Over 8.5 (-115)
  • Under 8.5 (-105)

Blue Jays vs. Yankees Breakdown & Best Bets

Bo Bichette is batting 0.310 against the Yankees this season.

The Blue Jays and Yankees are two teams that have had very different seasons. Both teams suffered injuries, but the Aaron Judge injury proved to be too much for New York.

Judge has played in just 96 games this season, but still somehow managed 32 HR. The Yankees this season, with Judge, are 52-44; without him, 24-30.

For the Blue Jays, it was Bo Bichette who missed 27 games. Toronto still managed to go 16-11 in that span and are still in the hunt of for post-season.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. o1.5 Hits, Runs, RBI (-125) via Bovada

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is batting 0.364 with 2 HR, when playing in Yankee Stadium this season.

Vladdy finally brok the cold spell at the Rogers Center, better late than never. Prior to the Jays’ last two series at the Rogers Center, Vladdy had just 7 HRs at home in Toronto.

He’s got 3 HRs in his L5 games, all coming at home; and now he goes into New York, a place he’s been fairly dominant his entire career.

In Yankee Stadium, he has a career 0.295 BA / 0.614 SLG / 12 HRs / 21 RBI / 19 runs in 34 games.

He’s also batting 0.364 in New York this season, with a home run in 2 of the 3 games. He’s batting 0.400 + 1 HR, vs Schmidt, who’s given up 26 HRs this year; 13 in Yankee Stadium.

Add to this he bats behind guys like Bichette and Springer, with Davis Schneider coming up behind him; plenty of opportunity for runs and RBI.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. o1.5 Hits, Runs, RBI (-125) via Bovada

Bonus Sprinkle: Vladimir Guerrero Jr HR (+400)

Aaron Judge o1.5 Total Bases (+105) via Bovada

FILE PHOTO: Sep 28, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) hits his 61st home run scoring two runs against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo
Aaron Judge hits another Home Run.

How much really needs to be said about Aaron Judge. He’s missed 54 games but still leads the Yankees with THIRTY-TWO home runs, and is second in RBI; having played 51 fewer games than Torres (1st).

There isn’t much more to it than that. He’s batting 0.264 against the Jays with 4 HRs in 7 games.

Against Kikuchi he’s a terrible 0.167 with just 3 hits, however, 2 of those three hits were out of the park.

Kikuchi’s been decent, but has a 5.67 ERA in his L5 games, with 4 HR allowed. He also has a 5.12 ERA against the AL East, w 9 HRs allowed in 9 starts.

Judge records his fourth career hit vs Kikuchi tonight, and it’s leaving the park.

Aaron Judge o1.5 Total Bases (+105) via Bovada

Bonus Sprinkle: Aaron Judge HR (+225)

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Varun Sharma
Varun Sharma

You may know me as ‘VSaaauce’. I’ve been a die hard hoops fan my entire life. I’ve been betting on the NBA/NCAAB/NFL/MLB for six years now, each year gaining more and more knowledge about being a profitable handicapper. I’m eager to learn, and eager to pass on everything I’ve gained over the last few years. I started my Twitter page four years ago, and this community makes me so thankful I did. Outside of sports and handicapping, I enjoy traveling, hoopin, a strong espresso and I’m currently studying to obtain my MD. I’m all about the vibes, good vibes only. If that sounds like you, follow me on 'X' @VSaaauce.

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