Article Written by Travis Aylward (@travaylward)
One New York team leaves, another comes to town. Fresh off of splitting the mini two-game series with Jose Bautista and the Mets, the Bronx Bombers are coming to Toronto.
Game One: Sonny Gray vs. Sam Gaviglio
The New York Yankees acquired Sonny Gray at last year's trade deadline in hopes of bolstering their starting rotation. Gray currently has a 5.44 ERA and is averaging 7 IP per game. Not what they expected when they traded for him last season. Sam Gaviglio has been surprisingly good this season, owning a 3.97 ERA with a 1.196 WHIP.
Game Two: Luis Severino vs. JA Happ
Game two of this series features a battle of the aces. Luis Severino goes up against JA Happ. JA Happ has been the only Blue Jays starter this season to stay healthy. Marco Estrada was diagnosed with a mild glute strain just days after pitching 0.1 innings against the Mets, Marcus Stroman has been dealing with right shoulder fatigue for the majority of the season, Jaime Garcia has left shoulder inflammation, and Aaron Sanchez’s finger problems haven’t gone away. Not only has Happ stayed healthy, he’s also been really good -- probably good enough to earn himself an All-Star nod this year. Happ got roughed up in his last outing, allowing 10 hits and 7 earned runs while walking 1 in 5.2 innings pitched against the Tigers on Canada Day. Severino has also been really good. Severino has a 1.98 ERA to his name, while averaging 10 strikeouts per 9 innings. He is also a likely All-Star.
This game could go one of two ways for Toronto; either extremely good, or extremely bad. If Happ goes out there and does his thing -- pitches 8 innings while striking out 8 and not walking a batter -- it raises his trade value directly in front of the team rumoured to be the front-runner to land him. But, if he goes out there and gives up 5 runs in 4 innings and walks a couple batters, that lowers his trade value profusely. Blue Jays fans and front office are both hoping Happ goes out there on Saturday and does his thing and pitches a gem; for more reasons than one.
Game Three: Domingo German vs. Ryan Borucki
Ryan Borucki will be making his 3rd career start Sunday when he faces the Yankees. Despite pitching very well in each of his first 2 career starts in the Major Leagues, Borucki holds an 0-1 record to his name. In his most recent appearance, he pitched 7 innings against Detroit where he gave up 6 hits, 2 earned runs, and had 0 walks. Borucki looks to be a promising young pitcher. His counterpart on Sunday, Domingo German, has struggled as of late. German has a 5.37 ERA on the season and was pulled early in his last start. In his last start, he pitched only 4.1 innings while giving up 6 hits, 3 earned runs, and walking 3 batters.
This series means almost nothing for the Blue Jays standings wise, but it means a lot for their future. Whether JA Happ has a good or poor start Saturday against New York will not only help the Yankees decide if they want him, but also influence how bad they want him and what they are willing to give up in return.
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