The Yankees have fallen on tough times since winning 13 straight games and have the Blue Jays hot on their heels in the AL wild-card picture. They will turn to Luis Gil to lend a good start and extra breathing room in the race on Wednesday.
Gil has dazzled in his three career starts, having yet to surrender a run in 15 2/3 innings. He has 18 strikeouts and has allowed just nine hits in the small sample size and has gone 5-1 with a 3.86 ERA with 12.9 strikeouts per nine innings in the minors.
Blue Jays rookie Alek Manoah has had an impressive start to his career, as well, logging a 3.63 ERA and 5-2 record in his first 15 career starts. But he has been less effective recently, allowing 16 runs in his last four starts. Opponents have hit .260 in those 20 1/3 innings, after batting .181 in his first 11 starts.
The Blue Jays’ bullpen ranks 19th in MLB with a 4.30 ERA since the All-Star break, while the Yankees have the No. 5 bullpen ERA for the season (3.57) and rank third in the AL in home runs allowed per nine innings.
The play: Yankees, -115.