Marcus Stroman (4-0, 3.77 ERA) and Kenta Maeda (3-1, 1.41 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (15-15) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (14-14) at the Rogers Centre. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 6 and can be seen on SNLA and RSN1.
Stroman pitched 8.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out nine and walking two in a 5-1 win over the Rays. Josh Donaldson (.283, 29 Rs, 9 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with three runs. Maeda went 6.2 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-3 defeat to the Marlins in his last outing.
The odds for Toronto and Los Angeles are Blue Jays -150, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
The Blue Jays won their last game by a 10-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Dodgers are 1-0. The Blue Jays are also 1-0 in blowouts this season.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Dodgers have a 1-2 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 1-12. The Blue Jays have a 3-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks near the bottom of the league at 29th when it comes to home runs, hitting 20 this season. Toronto ranks in the top 10 with 35.
Ranking 24th, Toronto is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.77 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 8.21.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). Toronto ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .722.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 4-10. When the Blue Jays allow one or more homers, they have a 10-9 record.