Took a pretty frustrating loss yesterday due to an awful start by Jordan Zimmermann, who gave up 7 runs in the 2nd inning. It appeared like Zimmermann wasn’t fully healed from the injury that has been hampering him, so I’m sure we would have gotten a different result if he was healthy. Nevertheless, the Dodgers are swinging the bat extremely well, where they are now on a 20-5 run. Like I have stated before, the Dodgers are a team to look out for in the second half if they stay healthy. I certainly advise looking at Dodgers games moving forward. For Monday night, that is exactly what I am going to do again.
Free MLB Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers -105 at Toronto Blue Jays -115 (Total: 9)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 3.09 ERA) vs. Josh Johnson (1-5, 5.16 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers will travel to Toronto for an interleague series with the Blue Jays. Both teams are entering a crucial time in the season, while the Dodgers have been the hottest team in baseball, their 50-47 record doesn’t really tell the whole story, so they have some work to do still. Conversely, the Blue Jays find themselves in a position they didn’t think they would find themselves in before the season started, a 45-52 mark at the end of July. Getting pushed around by the heavyweights, and beating up on the cupcakes has been a recurring theme for the Jays this season.
The Blue Jays will try and get back on track after getting swept by the Tampa Bay Rays. They’ll need to fend off another major contender Monday night, though. Josh Johnson will try his best to turn this ship around and knock the Dodgers off, but 2013 hasn’t been kind to Johnson. He has battled injuries for the majority of the season, and hasn’t been able to get into a groove since come back. Johnson still has plenty of talent, showcasing that briefly this season. However, this is not what the Jays expected from him after acquiring him from the Miami Marlins. Johnson brings an ERA of 5.16 to Monday’s night contest, with a 5.00 ERA in his last three starts. His WHIP hasn’t been exactly stable either recently, posting a 1.22. Obviously not terrible, but not great either.
Dodgers’ starter Hyun-Jin Ryu has had his share of problems lately as well. Ryu started the season off extremely well, but we are starting to see him tail off a bit. His last three games haven’t gone particularly well, with a 4.34 ERA against the Diamondbacks, Giants, and Phillies. Again, not terrible by any means, but nothing compared to the shutdown ball he was playing to start the season off. Ryu has been flawless at home, but the road bug has gotten to him at times. He brings a 4.42 road ERA with him to Toronto and 1.35 WHIP.
The Dodgers didn’t exactly spell out offensive powerhouse earlier in the season, but when healthy, like they are now, the Dodgers are one of the best in baseball. They showed off once again yesterday that it doesn’t matter who is tossing them the ball, they can crush it off almost anyone. They also got another weapon back this week with Matt Kemp. After getting swept, though, I think the Jays are going to give the Dodgers all they can handle. While I have a slight lean on the Dodgers, as I think they will win, I think both teams’ bats will be on display Monday night. I will make a play on the OVER 9 as my official wager to start the week off with.
Free Pick: OVER 9