Two teams in vastly different situations close out an interleague series in the City of Angels. The Toronto Blue Jays bring the youth movement on the road as they finish off a three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday night. In the opening game of the series Tuesday night, it was the Dodgers bashing five homers en route to an easy 16-3 triumph. The pitching matchup for Wednesday’s middle game of the set saw Wilmer Font get the opener role against the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 10:10 pm ET.
Toronto Blue Jays Working for the Future
Toronto dropped their third straight game and their fourth in the last five contests as they were overmatched badly in the opener of this set. The Blue Jays entered Wednesday fourth in the AL East, 31.5 games behind the Yankees and 21.5 games behind the Rays for the second wild card. Bo Bichette (two runs, two RBI) and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. each had two hits in the game for Toronto. Bichette (his sixth and seventh) and Derek Fisher (his fifth) each went deep in the contest. Buddy Boshers didn’t factor in the decision as the opener: he threw one inning, allowing no runs or hits with a walk and a strikeout. Sean Reid-Foley (2-4) took the loss as he was tagged for five runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
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Jacob Waguespack takes the mound for his 10th appearance and seventh start of the year for the Blue Jays in this contest. He comes in 4-1 with a 4.20 ERA, a 1.311 WHIP, 14 walks and 35 strikeouts over 45 innings of work on the year. Waguespack earned the win in his last start, which came at home against Seattle Friday night. He threw 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in a 7-3 Toronto victory. Waguespack is 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, four walks and 11 strikeouts over 17.1 innings in his last three starts. In his 10th major league appearance and seventh career start, he pitches against the Dodgers for the first time. Waguespack, as a result, makes his first career start at Dodger Stadium in this contest. Prior to his recall to the majors, he was 2-6 with a 5.30 ERA, a 1.557 WHIP, 25 walks and 52 strikeouts over 52.2 innings in 12 appearances, 11 starts, with Triple-A Buffalo of the International League.
Los Angeles Dodgers Coasting to the Postseason
Los Angeles overcame an early 2-0 deficit to cruise their way to the win in the opening game of this set thanks to the long ball. The Dodgers entered Wednesday with an extremely comfortable 19-game advantage over Arizona in the NL West race. Los Angeles got homers from A.J. Pollock (his ninth), Joc Pederson (his 25th), Chris Taylor (his ninth), Max Muncy (his 32nd) and Will Smith (his 11th) in the victory. The barrage helped support Clayton Kershaw (13-2) earn the win despite allowing three homers: he gave up three runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts over six innings before turning things over to the bullpen.
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Kenta Maeda is in line to take the mound to make his 26th appearance and 25th start of the season for the Dodgers in this one. He is 8-8 with a 4.18 ERA, a 1.118 WHIP, 43 walks and 137 strikeouts over 127 innings of work this season. Maeda didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came against the Braves on the road Friday night. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and nine strikeouts in an eventual 8-3 Los Angeles victory. Maeda is 1-0 with a 5.02 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, five walks and 19 strikeouts over 14.1 innings in his last three starts. He didn’t factor in the decision in his lone career start against the Blue Jays, which came on the road on May 6, 2016. In that contest, he threw six innings, allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in an eventual 5-2 Dodgers loss. Maeda is 26-17 with one save, a 3.17 ERA, a 1.081 WHIP, 78 walks and 313 strikeouts over 286.2 innings in 61 career appearances, 48 starts, at Dodger Stadium.
- Blue Jays are 0-5 in their last 5 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record
- Blue Jays are 0-5 in their last 5 interleague road games vs. a team with a winning record
- Blue Jays are 0-7 in their last 7 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter
- Dodgers are 7-1 in their last 8 interleague home games vs. a team with a losing record
- Dodgers are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record
- Dodgers are 42-9 in their last 51 home games vs. a right-handed starter