05.10.19 The Maeda matchup
The Dodgers will look to recover from a night of low performance. Rich Hill gave up 3 runs on a home run to Howie Kendrick in the first inning, and although he recovered nicely for his remaining 4 innings, the team was unable to do anything else to remain competitive. Defense had 3 errors and was unable to complete key double plays two times, resulting in National runs while the offense went 0-4 RISP and left 7 on base.
Tonight’s game is one they Dodgers will look to grab back before facing Max Sherzer and Stephen Strasburg over the weekend. For the Nationals, Anibal Sanchez (0-5, 5.15 ERA) takes the mound against Kenta Maeda (3-2, 4.66 ERA). Versus Sanchez, Dodger hitters are: .256/ .326/ .359/ .685 in 88 PAs with 8 BB, 18 SO.
Dodgers worth watching:
David Freese 5-14, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SO; .357/ .400/ .500/ .900
Justin Turner 3-8, RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO; .375/ .500/ .375/ .875
Kenta Maeda looks two bounce back from a tough outing in San Diego, giving up 4 ER in 6 IP. Current Nationals are hitting .176/ .222/ .382/ .605 vs Maeda in 36 PAs with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 7 SO. For Maeda to excel, he needs to execute his slider and change effectively for strikes, which means his spin rate and strike percentage needs to be high. Maeda’s whiff% is strong versus the rest of the league at 30%, but as evidence in his last start, if those pitches are in the middle of the plate, they are hit hard.
Matt Adams 1-4, HR, RBI, SO
Anthony Rendon 1-2, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SO
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