Saturday, May 7, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Clayton Kershaw vs. R.A. Dickey
The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Rogers Centre on Saturday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers and R.A. Dickey for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at -170 and Toronto at +160. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Dodgers have a 10-15-3 over/under record and a 13-15-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Blue Jays are 16-14-0 against the run line and have a 9-19-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Dodgers head into this matchup with a 14-14 record, including 9-6 on the road. Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has a 3-1 record with an earned run average of 1.96 and a WHIP of 0.72. He has 54 strikeouts over his 46 innings pitched and he has given up 30 hits so far this season. He has allowed 5.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 1.84. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.03 and they have given up 62 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .208 against the bullpen while being struck out 70 times and walking 31 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.2 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.85. The Dodgers pitchers have collectively given up 214 base hits and 103 earned runs. They have allowed 25 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 72 batters and struck out 232. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.14 and their FIP as a unit is 3.51.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .246, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .262 average away from home. The Dodgers hold a .374 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.11 hits per game. Adrian Gonzalez comes into this game hitting .282 and his on-base percentage is at .364. He has 29 hits this season along with 10 runs scored and 15 runs batted in. He's struck out 26 times and has walked 14 times. Yasiel Puig is hitting .255 and he has an on-base percentage of .309. He has totaled 26 hits so far while scoring 13 runs and he's driven in 12. He has walked 6 times and has struck out 24 times. The Dodgers have 230 hits, including 51 doubles and 20 home runs. They've stolen 7 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 5 times. Los Angeles has walked 100 times this season and they've struck out 226 times as a unit. They've left 202 men on base and have a team OPS of .690. They score 4.32 runs per contest and have scored a total of 121 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 8-8 home record and a 15-15 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.73, R.A. Dickey has a 1-3 record and a 1.61 WHIP. He has 25 strikeouts over the 33 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 39 hits. He has allowed 10.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.41. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.70 and they have given up 78 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .262 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 77 times and walking 23 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.52 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.52. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 245 base knocks and 104 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 28 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 85 hitters and struck out 222. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 3.84.
As a team, they are batting .237, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .259 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 7.77 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .283 and he has an OBP of .391. He has 32 hits this year along with 29 runs scored and 21 RBI. He's struck out 30 times and has walked on 18 occasions. Jose Bautista is hitting .216 and he has an OBP of .364. He has collected 22 hits so far while he's scored 19 runs and drove in 20. He has earned a walk 25 times and has punched out 27 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 233 base hits, including 49 doubles and 35 homers. They have 9 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. Toronto as a team has walked 113 times this year and they have struck out 269 times. They've had 196 men left on base and have an OPS of .721. They score 4.17 runs per game and have totaled 125 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 10-15-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 13-15-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 9-19-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 16-14-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Dodgers
05/06/16 C Yasmani Grandal Wrist "?" Friday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
05/03/16 P Josh Ravin Suspension expected to miss 80 games
04/23/16 P Yimi Garcia Bicep 15-day DL (4/23)
04/11/16 LF Scott Van Slyke Back 15-day DL (4/10)
04/05/16 P Frankie Montas Ribs 60-day DL (2/20)
04/05/16 P Brandon McCarthy Elbow 60-day DL (2/19)
04/04/16 P Brett Anderson Back 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Michael Bolsinger Oblique 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 3B Alex Guerrero Knee 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 LF Andre Ethier Leg 60-day DL (3/25)
Toronto Blue Jays
04/22/16 1B Chris Colabello Suspension expected to miss 80 games
04/10/16 P Franklin Morales Arm 15-day DL (4/7)
04/04/16 P Aaron Loup Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 2B Devon Travis Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Bo Schultz Hip 15-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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