The Los Angeles Dodgers begin a 3-game series vs. the Toronto Blue Jays and look to get back on the winning side of things. The Dodgers will have pitcher Kenta Maeda on the mound to kick off the interleague series, and it seems to be the smartest choice.
Despite Maeda coming off his first career loss he just wrapped up a month of strong performances. This landed him some monthly honors in April for the Dodgers.
Pitcher/Rookie of the Month
Kenta Maeda (3-1, 1.41 ERA, 0.938 WHIP, 28 K, 32.0 IP)
Maeda Day. Kenta has 2nd-lowest average exit velocity against among MLB starters. Only Noah Syndergaard inducing softer contact.
— Joe Davis (@Joe_Davis) May 6, 2016
The Blue Jays will hope the same for their bullpen. Pitcher Marcus Stroman will take the mound and is coming off a 5-1 win and a career best 9 strikeouts vs. the Rays.
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) May 6, 2016
Stroman: 4-0, 3.77 ERA, 28K
Maeda: 3-1, 1.41 ERA, 28K
Blue Jays: Coming off 12-2 win over Texas Rangers
Dodgers: Coming off 5-8 loss to Tampa Bay Rays
Next two games:
Saturday, 10:07 a.m.: Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey (1-3, 5.73) will face Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 1.96).
- Note: Dickey, 41, is the third-oldest player in the majors behind only Bartolo Colon and Ichiro Suzuki.
Sunday, 10:07 a.m: Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada (1-2, 2.64) will face Ross Stripling (0-2, 4.33).
- Note: Marco Estrada posting a 2.09 in last 10 starts.