Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 5/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (14-15) at Toronto Blue Jays (16-15)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
C Kershaw (3-1) (1.96) vs. R Dickey (1-3) (5.73)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +160 / Los Angeles Dodgers -170 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, SNLA
Early Saturday afternoon in MLB action, we’ve got a nice-looking matchup on tap between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
In Friday’s game one of this series, the Blue Jays struck first with a 5-2 win, breaking a 2-2 tie with an eighth-inning Kevin Pillar homer that scored three. Toronto was out-hit 10-5 in this one.
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For Saturday’s matchup, the Dodgers are whipping out their ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Through a great year so far, Kershaw has posted a 1.96 ERA, a 0.72 WHIP and a 3-1 record in six starts and 46 total innings of work. Kershaw was great through the first five innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Marlins, but allowed five runs in the sixth and ruined his stat sheet.
The high-powered (and high-priced) Los Angeles offense hasn’t quite lived up to expectation in 2016. Adrian Gonzalez leads the charge on 30 hits and 15 RBI. Yasiel Puig has 26 hits, 13 runs and 12 RBI but carries a tepid .245 BA. Puig went 0-for-4 on Friday. Joc Pederson has been a surprise contributor with 20 hits, 15 runs and 12 RBI of his own.
R.A. Dickey will be taking the hill for the Blue Jays in Saturday’s game. It’s been a pretty mixed bag for Dickey so far with his 5.73 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 1-3 record over six starts and 33 total innings. That said, Dickey looked pretty good in a no-decision his last time out, going 6.1 innings against the Rangers with one run allowed.
Potential-wise, there aren’t too many things to dislike about the Toronto batting order. Kevin Pillar has been great with 34 hits and 13 runs, while Josh Donaldson has lit up the stadium with nine homers, 21 RBI and 30 runs. Troy Tulowitzki is still trying to find his groove with his .163 BA, but he does have five homers. Tulowitzki was out of the lineup on Friday.
The Dodgers are 21-8 in Kershaw’s last 29 Saturday starts, and 46-18 in Kershaw’s last 64 starts overall. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 1-5 in their last six Saturday games and 0-4 in Dickey’s last four home starts.
Despite the big names on the Blue Jays roster, I can’t pick against Kershaw and the Dodgers here. Dickey’s unpredictability only makes matters worse for Toronto.