The New York Yankees look to bounce back from Monday's 5-2 loss in Toronto, and it surely seems the right things are in place for just that to happen.
In this battle of lefties, I'm counting on Andy Pettite to bring home the bacon -- or is it Canadian bacon tonight? -- as he squares off against JA Happ on the hill for Toronto.
Pettite has only allowed a single run in his last 12⅔ innings and has won two straight. Those numbers won't shock Blue Jay hitters, as he has owned them as of late. Pettite has won six of his last seven decisions overall against Toronto and is 5-1 with an ERA of 2.91 in his last seven starts at Rogers Centre.
Happ hasn't been so fortunate, not against the Yankees and not really against anyone. Toronto has dropped seven of his last 10 starts, and you'll see by using the Bovada data tool on our Home page that this includes his last outing against the Yankees last week. And while Pettite's numbers are dazzling against Toronto, Happ's lifetime ERA against the Yankees is well over 5.00.
I also think an intangible factor is the Yankees seeing a traditional pitcher tonight, as opposed to watching -- and mostly whiffing at -- RA Dickey knuckleballs that had them fooled for the better part of Monday's contest. In Derek Jeter's second game back from an injury, facing Happ has to be much more to his liking than facing Dickey yesterday.
This number (-121) has grown over the last several hours and with good reason. New York is 4-1 in their last five coming off a loss. Call them the "Bronx Bounce Backers" again tonight.
My play: New York Yankees -121
Result ... New York Yankees 7 Toronto 1 Yankees cover
Steve Soprano is the founder and handicapper at www.premierticketsports.com