The New York Yankees might be riding a wave of momentum from Tuesday night's huge comeback win over Toronto courtesy of Aaron Judge's walk-off home run as they wrap up their two-game home set vs. the AL East rival Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon. New York opened as a -145 favorite at Caesars Sportsbook but is down to -135, presumably because Giancarlo Stanton is getting the afternoon off – although he's presumably available to pinch-hit. Click here for model picks.
New York trailed 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday before Judge hit a one-out, three-run bomb off Toronto closer Jordan Romano to secure a 6-5 victory. The blast was Judge's first career walk-off homer. The Yankees and Judge couldn't agree on a long-term contract extension before the season – New York offered seven years and $213.5 million – and Judge's price has only gone up since then. He leads the majors with 10 home runs. The big right fielder is the first Yankees player since Alex Rodriguez in 2007 to be the first in the majors to reach 10 homers, and Judge has 27 dingers against Jays the since 2017. That's the third-most by any MLB player against a single opponent in that span.
Judge is now a +850 fourth favorite to win AL MVP and is at designated hitter today with Stanton getting a breather. Stanton hit a game-tying three-run homer in the sixth inning Tuesday and is batting .259 with seven homers and 22 RBIs overall. DJ LeMahieu is hitting in Stanton's usual cleanup spot. Third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Kyle Higashioka are also out of the lineup.
Toronto is starting all its regulars as it looks to snap a three-game losing streak. Jose Berrios (2-1, 5.34) has been a moderate disappointment and took a no-decision at the Yankees on April 13, allowing three runs over five innings. Judge is 6-for-12 off of him career with a homer. He's +340 at Caesars to go yard again today.
New York's Jameson Taillon (2-1, 2.84) is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA this year against Toronto and is pitching on seven days' rest. Taillon has allowed two or fewer earned runs in all five of his outings this season and has walked just two of the 105 batters he's faced. Five of this eight runs allowed came via home run. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is 4-for-12 for his career career off of Taillon, including a dinger. Guerrero Jr. is +370 to put one over the fence today.
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