In David Price‘s first start as a Toronto Blue Jay, he stifled the Minnesota Twins lineup and earned the victory, helping the Jays as they currently go for a seven game win streak. In Ivan Nova‘s last start, he baffled the Chicago White Sox, which helped the Yankees pad their lead against their American League East opponents. Today, both Ivan Nova and David Price will square off in Game 2 of this three game set as the Yankees attempt to lengthen their lead in the American League East and Blue Jays attempt to go for a series victory in the Bronx, which would be considered a rare feat since the Jays don’t play well outside their own ballpark.
While the Yankees and David Price have matched up multiple times before, they have a long history together, and that history hasn’t worked in David Price’s favor.
Since 2013, David Price has a 7.59 ERA against the Yankees and coming into today, Price will have to face Jacoby Ellsbury (18-for-51) and Brian McCann (9-for-16) who are both in this afternoon’s lineup against the Blue Jays. Ellsbury is still trying to get back on a roll following his DL stint while Brian McCann recently returned from a slight MCL sprain.
The Yankees would have to win this game if they want to increase their 3.5 lead in the American League East. If not, the Blue Jays could pull closer another game and the American League East could soon turn into a race that could last until the end of September.