Two teams in vastly different situations kick off an interleague series in the City of Angels. The Toronto Blue Jays bring the youth movement on the road as they open a three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night. Toronto dropped the rubber game of their weekend set with the Mariners, getting blanked 7-0 Sunday afternoon at home. Los Angeles fell 5-3 in the rubber game of their three-game road set with the Braves Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers took two of three meetings in Toronto in the last series between the teams May 6-8, 2016.
Toronto Blue Jays Hope to Regroup on the Road
Toronto dropped the final two games of their three-game home set with the Mariners as they were blanked on Sunday. The Blue Jays entered Monday fourth in the AL East race, 31.5 games behind the Yankees and 22 games behind the Rays for the second wild card spot. Toronto mustered only two hits in their loss to Yusei Kikuchi, who had just one win in the last three months: Brandon Drury had a double while Randal Grichuk had a single. Wilmer Font (2-1) took the loss as he allowed one run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts in two innings of work.
You wanted homers? We've got your homers.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 19, 2019
Sean Reid-Foley is expected to make his ninth appearance, seventh start, on the mound for the Blue Jays in this contest. He comes in 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.567 WHIP, 19 walks and 26 strikeouts over 30 innings of work on the year. Reid-Foley took the loss in his last outing, which was a start at home against the Rangers Wednesday afternoon. He threw 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in a 7-3 Toronto loss. Reid-Foley is 1-2 with a 3.65 ERA, a 1.78 WHIP, nine walks and 10 strikeouts over 12.1 innings in his last three starts. He makes his first career start against the Dodgers in this contest, which marks his 16th career appearance and 14th major league start. In his 16th major league appearance and 14th career start, Reid-Foley pitches at Dodger Stadium for the first time.
Los Angeles Dodgers Working to Get Everyone on Track in Stretch Run
Los Angeles dropped the final two games of their three-game series with the Braves on the road in a battle of division leaders. The Dodgers entered Monday holding a ridiculous 18.5-game advantage over the Giants in the NL West picture. Los Angeles got two hits each from Justin Turner (run) and Jedd Gyorko while Cody Bellinger cranked his 42nd homer of the season to account for their offense. Tony Gonsolin didn’t factor in the decision as he allowed one run on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts over four innings. Dustin May (1-2) took the loss as he allowed four runs on three hits with a walk and no strikeouts in two innings of relief.
Easy like Sunday morning. pic.twitter.com/nD8jAZ8fam
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 18, 2019
Clayton Kershaw is on the mound for his 22nd start of the year for the Dodgers in this contest. He comes in 12-2 with a 2.63 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, 28 walks and 141 strikeouts over 137 innings of work on the year. Kershaw picked up the win in his last start, which came Wednesday on the road against the Marlins. He threw seven innings, allowing no runs on two hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts in a 9-1 Dodgers victory. Kershaw is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, six walks and 24 strikeouts over 20 innings of work in his last three starts. He beat the Blue Jays in his lone career start against them, which came on the road back on May 7, 2016. In that contest, he threw seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts in a 6-2 Dodgers win. Kershaw is 91-34 with a 2.09 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, 288 walks and 1,325 strikeouts over 1,191.1 innings in 176 career starts at Dodger Stadium.
- Blue Jays are 2-12 in their last 14 vs. National League West
- Blue Jays are 0-4 in their last 4 interleague road games
- Blue Jays are 0-6 in their last 6 interleague games
- Dodgers are 6-1 in their last 7 interleague home games vs. a team with a losing record
- Dodgers are 42-9 in their last 51 home games vs. a right-handed starter
- Dodgers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record