The Dodgers (57-42, 29-17 home) will host the Blue Jays (56-45, 29-25 away) in game two of this interleague series. Starting for the Dodgers is Julio Urías, while the Blue Jays are giving the ball to Chris Bassitt. Read on to see my pick for this showdown between Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -154
This game will be played at Dodger Stadium at 10:10 ET on Tuesday, July 25th.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS:
- In their previous ten games, the Dodgers have a record of 6-4.
- The Dodgers have gone 6-4 in their ten games at home.
- The Dodgers are 2-1 in Julio Urías’ last three starts.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS TRYING TO CLOSE GAP IN AL EAST
The Blue Jays will be looking for their 3rd straight win in today’s game and have an overall record of 56-45. At home, Toronto has put together a record of 27-20 while going 29-25 on the road. Currently, they are in 3rd place in the AL East.
Chris Bassitt is on the mound for Toronto, having earned a victory in his last two outings. His ERA stands at 3.92 and he has an impressive 112 strikeouts this season, with opponents hitting .233 against him. Additionally, Bassitt has limited hitters to a .396 slugging percentage and 1.21 WHIP.
Chris Bassitt earned a quality start and the win in his most recent matchup against the Padres, as the Blue Jays emerged victorious with a 4-0 score. The right-hander held San Diego to four hits and no runs over six innings.
The Blue Jays have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 12 home runs over their last ten games. Compared to other clubs, this is 9th best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 14th in home runs and 10th in slugging percentage. Overall, Toronto is averaging 4.5 runs per game (15th).
The Blue Jays’ Bo Bichette is the team’s leader in hits this season, boasting a .307 batting average. He has also put up impressive numbers in terms of slugging percentage (.478) and on-base percentage (.340).
WILL THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
As the Dodgers head into today’s game vs. the Blue Jays, they have the top spot in the NL West with an overall record of 57-42. Currently, their home/away splits sit at 29-17 and 28-25, respectively. Through 32 series, they have gone 20-11-1.
The Dodgers will turn to Julio Urías, who has gone 7-6 in 14 appearances this season. His ERA stands at 5.02, while his K/9 rate is 8.6 and his FIP is 4.76. Additionally, he has an OBP of .283.
Julio Urías was dealt the loss in the Dodgers’ 8-5 defeat to the Orioles after surrendering eight runs on eight hits over five innings.
For the season, the Dodgers’ offense is averaging 5.7 runs per game. Over their last five games they have swung the bats well, sitting 1st in the league in scoring, with a total of 39 runs. Overall, Los Angeles’ team batting average is .247, putting them 14th in the MLB.
Mookie Betts has been a major contributor to the Dodgers’ offensive success this season. He leads the team with 27 home runs and 67 RBIs, while his slugging percentage is an impressive .566. Betts has been an integral part of Los Angeles’ lineup, helping them to remain competitive in the National League West.