Dodgers host Blue Jays, aim to build on Buehler’s solid outing
Los Angeles; Thursday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Walker Buehler. Buehler pitched seven innings, surrendering zero runs on five hits with eight strikeouts against Toronto.
The Dodgers are 50-16 on their home turf. Los Angeles’ team on-base percentage of .338 is fourth in the MLB. Cody Bellinger leads the lineup with an OBP of .396.
The Blue Jays are 27-38 on the road. Toronto is hitting a collective .237 this season, led by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with an average of .277. The Dodgers won the last meeting 2-1. Pedro Baez earned his seventh victory and Max Muncy went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for Los Angeles. Tim Mayza took his third loss for Toronto.
TOP PERFORMERS: Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 70 extra base hits and is batting .316. Muncy is 9-for-33 with two doubles, six home runs and 12 RBIs over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
LAST 10 GAMES: Dodgers: 7-3, .297 batting average, 3.48 ERA, outscored opponents by 42 runs
Blue Jays: 4-6, .236 batting average, 4.84 ERA, outscored by four runs
Dodgers Injuries: Ross Stripling: (neck), Rich Hill: (left forearm), Dylan Floro: (intercostal), Scott Alexander: (forearm), Alex Verdugo: (back), Tyler White: (upper back), Kristopher Negron: (neck), Jedd Gyorko: (back), David Freese: (hamstring).
Blue Jays Injuries: Ryan Tepera: (elbow), Matt Shoemaker: (knee), Clayton Richard: (lat), Elvis Luciano: (elbow), Nick Kingham: (oblique), Clay Buchholz: (shoulder), Ryan Borucki: (elbow), Lourdes Gurriel Jr.: (quad), Devon Travis: (knee), Luke Maile: (oblique).