MLB Preview: Yankees and Blue Jays Provide the Highlight of the AL Schedule

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

It’s a big weekend for the Blue Jays and Yankees with Toronto’s playoff hopes on the line. Al Dannity says the AL East race will officially shrink to three by Monday.

Critical series for Toronto Considering teams in the Major Leagues play 162 games in a season, it seems odd to put a lot of weight in one three game set. Timing however is everything and Toronto’s trip to New York comes with the All Star break looming. The Blue Jays have lost 5 straight and 8 of their last 10 to fall back to a .500 record. That just won’t do in the loaded AL East, if Toronto gets swept here they move from contender to trading partner. If the Yankees can stretch the lead this weekend, and I think they will, then Toronto will look to the second half as an opportunity to rebuild and reload for 2011. There’s no point trying to hang on with the big three running off into the distance. Bet on the Yankees to take care of business and turn the AL East into a three-horse race.

Rangers need to keep up momentum Texas owns the second best record in the American League entering its home series with the White Sox yet this is still a crucial three-game set. Positioning at the All-Star break is critical to MLB betting and the Rangers need a strong run-in to keep the Angels at bay. The financial problems plaguing the Rangers give them no wriggle room to improve significantly ahead of the trade deadline. This means all hope of a first trip to the playoffs since 1999 rest on the current roster.

They won’t have it easy this weekend as Chicago is locked in a fascinating battle in the AL Central. With Minnesota enduring a rare slump, the White Sox will know that this is the time to strike. This should prove to be an entertaining three game set, I like Chicago to take one win but Texas will pick up two to keep ahead of the pack in the AL West.

Historic Wakefield has a win in him Tonight I like Tim Wakefield and Boston at -240 with Sports Interaction to come out on top against the Baltimore Orioles. Normally this would be the type of game where the Orioles would feel they have some chance, after all Wakefield has a 2-6 record this season. Never bet against a pitcher under the spotlight however; especially a veteran like Wakefield. Tonight he will surpass Roger Clemens’ record for the most starts by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park and he’s going to give the crowd something to remember. Bet on Boston to start the weekend in style.