MLB Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays vs Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers Stadium will see a thrilling clash between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the series tied at 1-1. Both teams are sporting impressive records and are packed with power hitters. This article will delve into the probable pitchers, hitting performances, and the injury reports to justify this betting tip.
Toronto Blue Jays (56-46, third in the AL East)
Yusei Kikuchi is set to take the mound for the Blue Jays. With a 7-3 record, a 3.92 ERA, and a 1.27 WHIP, Kikuchi has had a decent season so far. However, he's surrendered 22 home runs, indicating a potential for the Dodgers' power hitters to capitalize.
With key contributors like Bo Bichette, who is boasting a .312 average, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs, the Blue Jays' lineup is solid. The team's .262 batting average and 115 home runs showcase their offensive strength.
The Blue Jays' rotation has taken a hit with Hyun Jin Ryu on the 60-Day IL. This could stress their pitching depth, leading to more runs.
Los Angeles Dodgers (58-42, first in the NL West)
For the Dodgers, Tony Gonsolin will start. With a 5-3 record and a 3.94 ERA, Gonsolin's performance has been fair. However, his WHIP stands at a respectable 1.08, showing his ability to keep runners off base.
The Dodgers are led by Mookie Betts, with 27 home runs and 68 RBIs, and Freddie Freeman, who is hitting at a .328 average. Their team has hit a formidable 166 home runs, indicating a high-scoring potential.
Key pitchers like Clayton Kershaw and Noah Syndergaard are on the 15-Day IL, which could weaken the Dodgers' defensive game.
Given the strong batting lineups of both teams, combined with the recent injury hits to their pitching rosters, a high-scoring game is anticipated. Both teams have shown their ability to hit home runs consistently, and the probable pitchers have exhibited vulnerabilities to the long ball. Thus, the over 9.5 runs seems to be the best bet for this matchup.
Additionally, the recent games have shown high run totals, including an 8-7 and a 6-3 scoreline in the previous two games of this series. Considering the firepower on display and the importance of this tiebreaker game, expect a game filled with runs, making the over 9.5 runs an attractive proposition.
Pick: Over 9.5 runs