The Dodgers are in first place as they begin their three game series in Toronto. Actually, the Dodgers are tied for first place with the Giants, and with the Rockies. All three teams are currently .500 teams, and they all lead the Padres by 2 1/2 games and the Diamondbacks by three games.
The Dodgers will try to change that by throwing Kenta Maeda (3-1), Clayton Kershaw (3-1), and Ross Stripling (0-2) at the Blue Jays, who are also a .500 team. Toronto will counter with Marcus Stroman (4-0), R.A. Dickey (1-3), and Marco Estrada (1-2). The Blue Jay offense is led by third baseman Josh Donaldson and outfielders Jose Bautista, Michael Saunders, and Kevin Pillar. Catcher Russell Martin and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki are definitely under-performing with their bats this year.
Meanwhile, the Rockies and Giants will be completing their four game series this weekend. The first game of that series featured a thirteen run fifth inning. That game was played not at Coors Field but at AT&T Park. Poor Vin Mazzaro now sports a 63.00 ERA.
By winning the Blue Jays series, the Dodgers can put at least one of the Giants and Rockies behind them in the standings.