The Yankees have been nipping at the wings of the division-leading Jays for weeks now, but have been unable to break those wings. They are 1.5 games behind Toronto (and one game out in the loss column). In order to gain ground they will need to take three of the four games in the series.
Game 1: Luis Severino (3-2, 2.04) vs David Price (14-5, 2.43)
Game 2: Ivan Nova (6-7, 4.50) vs Marco Estrada (12-8, 3.18)
Game 3: Michael Pineda (10-8, 4.15) vs Marcus Stroman (0-0)
Game 4: Masahiro Tanaka (11-6, 3.57) vs R.A. Dickey (10-10, 4.01)
First things first, there are a number of Yankees who have good numbers against David Price:
Carlos Beltran, .263
Jacoby Ellsbury, .346
Didi Gregorius, .286 (7 AB)
Chase Headley, .500
Brian McCann .435
Yankees Universe is hoping that the David Price they know and love shows up tonight, not the ace that has shown up for the Blue Jays since the trade deadline. As for numbers against the other pitchers in the series, let's not worry about those right now: Take care of business today. Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.
It's also important to take a look at the Yankee relievers for this series. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, setup man and closer respectively, have had two days of rest. No worries there. Justin Wilson, who has emerged as the seventh inning guy, should also be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Hopefully, though, the Yankees will not need a long-relief guy, because it will probably mean Chris Capuano, and not Adam Warren, who has been used a lot lately.
So the showdown begins tonight. Should be a great series. Go Yankees.