Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 1.96 ERA) gets the ball for the Los Angeles Dodgers (14-15) as they go up against R.A. Dickey (1-3, 5.73 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (16-15) in the second of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 5-2, and Toronto leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 7 and will air on SNLA and RSN.
In his last start, Dickey pitched 6.1 innings, giving up one run, striking out three and walking three in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers. Jose Bautista (.217, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 22 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Dodgers were victorious the last time Kershaw pitched. He pitched well, going 9.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out 14 in a 1-0 victory over the Padres. Joc Pederson (.278, 14 Rs, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Dodgers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Dodgers -180 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
So far this season, the Blue Jays are 1-0 against the Dodgers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
Toronto has won 31% (4-9) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Los Angeles has won 36% (4-7) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Dodgers managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 5-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 1-12. The Blue Jays have a 4-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 20 this season. Toronto ranks seventh with 37 home runs.
Ranking 24th, Toronto is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.68 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top half with 8.28.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.691). Toronto ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .724.
The Dodgers are 4-11 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 10-9 when they allow at least one homer.