Analysis

New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays, 3/31/18: Aaron Judge In CF

The Yankees are off to a hot start to begin the 2018 and will look to carry that momentum into their third game against the Blue Jays.

  • New York Yankees (2-0)
  • Toronto Blue Jays (0-2)
  • American League, 7:07 p.m. ET, YES Network
  • Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Yankees have defeated the Blue Jays in their first two games of the 2018 season and have looked like a well-oiled machine while firing on all cylinders.

This afternoon, the Yankees will hand the ball to veteran left-hander CC Sabathia in his first start of the season.

Sabathia had a great bounce-back season in 2017 where he went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA over 27 starts. He also performed exceptionally in the playoffs, becoming a key reason why New York was able to make it so far.

The left-hander struggled last season against the Blue Jays, in five starts he went 2-2 with a disappointing 6.23 ERA.

Marco Estrada will be taking the mound for the Blue Jays in his first start of the season as well following a very disappointing campaign last year.

In five starts last season against the Yankees, Estrada went 3-1 with a 4.60 ERA over five starts, so by the looks of it, we might be expecting a slugfest in the Rogers Centre this afternoon.

Lineups:

Player(s) To Watch:

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton

Today we have two players to watch simply because of each of these player’s dominating statistics against Jays starter Marco Estrada.

In 14 career at-bats against Estrada, Judge is batting .500 with two home runs and five RBIs, while in seven career at-bats, Stanton is batting .571 with three homers and four RBIs.

Expect to see some balls being crushed today if Judge and Stanton are able to expand on their great numbers against Estrada.

Judge In CF:

While looking at the Yankees lineup for today, one aspect sticks out in particular. Aaron Judge is playing in centerfield for the first time in his major league career.

It has been discussed over the past few days that Judge may need to make a few appearances in center with Hicks on the disabled list, but no one was really sure that it would happen so early in the season.

Judge claims that he is perfectly comfortable in centerfield despite only playing in the position 11 times in Triple-A between 2015 and 2016.

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