5 Reasons Why the Blue Jays are Better Than the Yankees

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The Hitting

The Blue Jays are leading the planet in scoring runs. They’re hitting like their lives depend on it. How else could you describe the constant onslaught of hitting? Heading into the final game of the season series against the Yankees, the Blue Jays have scored a total of 829 runs for an average of 5.5 per game. Both marks are good for first in MLB. They also lead the league in home runs with 213.

For comparison, the Yankees have scored 728 runs (4.9 per game) which is second to the Blue Jays, but over 100 fewer. 100! The Bronx Bombers have hit 205 home runs, which is normally impressive. But, it only ranks them 3rd in baseball. Now, these numbers on their own will not exactly be convincing. So, let’s go deeper.

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  • The Blue Jays are hitting .266 on the season to the Yankees’ .251. The Blue Jays lead baseball in OBP at .337. The Yankees sit at .322. The marks for SLG show a similar difference: Blue Jays: .451, Yankees: .425. So does OPS: Blue Jays: .788, Yankees: .747.

    If you want to compare individuals, you can look to Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion totalling 110 home runs and 330 RBI. That doesn’t even include the others who are contributing to the offense. What about Russell Martin, Kevin Pillar or even Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak?

    The Yankees? Well, Mark Teixeira was having a great season until they finally realized his leg was broken. His 31 HR certainly were a major contribution to this squad. Alex Rodriguez is having a great comeback season with 32 dingers of his own. The Yankees lineup is certainly good, but it does not compare to the modern day Murderers Row that Toronto throws out there.

    Finally, how about this: the 2015 numbers against each other look like this: (according to BaseballReference.com) Toronto slashes .242/.310/.406 against the Yankees. It is .223/.288/.364 when you look at how the Yankees have hit the Blue Jays this season. Again, advantage Blue Jays. You could say that this has to do with pitching. And, you’d be right.

    So, let’s compare the pitching.

    *All stats accurate as of Wednesday morning.

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