R.A. Dickey (9-14, 4.60 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (80-66) are in Los Angeles to meet Jered Weaver (11-11, 5.25 ERA) and the Angels (63-83) in a matchup that has the potential for plenty of offense. This is the second of a four-game series at Angel Stadium. The Blue Jays won the last game 7-2, and Toronto leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 16 and will air on FSW and RSN.
In his most recent outing, Weaver pitched 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers. C.J. Cron (.280, 45 Rs, 16 HRs, 63 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Blue Jays were unsuccessful the last time Dickey pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees. Josh Donaldson (.288, 114 Rs, 34 HRs, 92 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Blue Jays, going 3 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
Los Angeles has won 41% (26-37) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Toronto has won 50% (34-34) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Angels have a record of 35-28 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 51-12. The Blue Jays have a 65-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 640 this season. Toronto ranks seventh with 702 runs.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.732). Toronto ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .760.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 50-52. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 36-68 record.