Yankees vs Blue Jays: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – April 1, 2021

Posted By Staff on March 31, 2021

The Toronto Blue Jays are road underdogs () against the New York Yankees () to begin the 2021 MLB campaign at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. The game starts at 1:05 PM ET. New York’s Gerrit Cole starts against Toronto’s Hyun Jin Ryu.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of March 30, 2021, 3:00 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Yankees vs Blue Jays Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

The probable pitchers for both teams have not made a start this season. Here are their stats from last season:

Cole (NYY) Pitcher Ryu (TOR)
7 – 3 W/L 5 – 2
73.0 IP 67.0
2.84 ERA 2.82
0.96 WHIP 1.16
11.6 K/9 9.7
2.1 BB/9 2.3

Yankees Probable Starter Gerrit Cole

  • Cole takes the mound for his first start of the season for the Yankees.
  • The 30-year-old righty started and threw 5 1/3 innings when he last appeared Friday, Oct. 9 against the Rays.
  • Cole and his team went 8-4 in games he pitched when they were moneyline favorites a season ago.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of March 30, 2021 at 8:13 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Blue Jays Probable Starter Hyun Jin Ryu

  • Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the nod for the Blue Jays and will make his first start of the season.
  • The last time the 34-year-old pitched was on Wednesday, Sept. 30 against the Rays. The lefty threw 1 2/3 innings as the starter in that matchup.
  • Ryu appeared in three games last season with his team as the moneyline underdog and they won each of them.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of March 30, 2021 at 8:13 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Yankees Betting Trends

  • Last season the Yankees scored the fourth-most runs in baseball (315 total, 5.3 per game).
  • The Yankees won 30 of the 47 games they were the moneyline favorite last season (63.8%).
  • In games it played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -167 or shorter, New York had a 20-7 record (winning 74.1% of its games).
  • In the 54 games oddsmakers set an over/under for New York, it combined with opponents to go over the total 26 times (26-26-2).

Blue Jays Betting Trends

  • The Blue Jays were underdogs in 31 games last season and won 14 (45.2%) of those contests.
  • Toronto was 3-7 last season when entering a game as the underdog by +145 or more on the moneyline.
  • Toronto’s games went over the total in 27 of their 56 chances last season.

Yankees Players to Watch

  • DJ LeMahieu had a batting average of .364 with 71 total hits last season.
  • Among qualifying batters in MLB, LeMahieu ranked fifth in hits (71), first in BA (.364), and third in OBP (.421).
  • Luke Voit had 22 home runs and 52 runs batted in a season ago.
  • Among qualified hitters in MLB play, Voit’s 22 HR ranked first, and his 52 RBI ranked fourth.

Yankees Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Luke Voit 213 .277 41 22 52 .338 .948
DJ LeMahieu 195 .364 41 10 27 .421 1.011
Aaron Hicks 169 .225 28 6 21 .376 .790
Gary Sánchez 156 .147 19 10 24 .253 .618
Gio Urshela 151 .298 24 6 30 .368 .858
Gleyber Torres 136 .243 17 3 16 .356 .724
Clint Frazier 131 .267 24 8 26 .394 .905
Brett Gardner 130 .223 20 5 15 .354 .746
Aaron Judge 101 .257 23 9 22 .336 .890
Jay Bruce 96 .198 11 6 14 .245 .714

Blue Jays Players to Watch

  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. finished with a .308 average, 11 home runs and 33 RBI last season.
  • Gurriel’s 64 hits ranked 17th, his .308 BA ranked 16th, and his .534 SLG ranked 19th among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • George Springer is batting .259 last season with a team-high 14 home runs and 32 RBI.
  • Among qualified hitters, Springer ranked 18th in HR in the league.

Blue Jays Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 221 .262 34 9 33 .326 .788
Cavan Biggio 220 .250 41 8 28 .375 .807
Randal Grichuk 216 .273 38 12 35 .309 .790
Marcus Semien 211 .223 28 7 23 .305 .679
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 208 .308 28 11 33 .348 .882
Teoscar Hernández 190 .289 33 16 34 .340 .919
George Springer 189 .259 37 14 32 .355 .889
Bo Bichette 123 .301 18 5 23 .323 .835
Danny Jansen 120 .183 18 6 20 .313 .671
Rowdy Tellez 113 .283 20 8 23 .341 .881

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