A full twelve games might separate them in the standings, but tonight’s Yankees/Blue Jays showdown has the feeling of playoff baseball to it.
Roy Halladay goes to work in what will not be his last start as a Blue Jay (damn it feels so good to finally say that). Despite a solid 11-4 record for Halladay, the Jays have struggled to give him much run support over his last four starts, with 2.25 runs on average.
Andy Pettitte on the other hand (8-6 on the year) is 1-1 against the Jays this season. As usual, Pettitte is right about on par with his career numbers with an ERA of 4.51. This should work in favour of the Jays, as he only usually makes it about six innings deep within the ball game.
With great career numbers against Pettitte, don’t be surprised to see Jose Bautista and John McDonald holding down the fort on the left side of the infield. Bautista and McDonald are both 7 for 21 career versus Andy Pettitte and also add a couple of right-handed bats to the lineup which should give Pettitte some trouble.