August 25 Prediction: Maeda Faces Anderson to Kick Off Players Weekend

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda (11-5, 3.88 ERA) almost won his last game but a poor sixth inning cost him the game against the Detroit Tigers. While Milwaukee Brewers’ Chase Anderson (7-2, 2.83 ERA) was solid in his win versus the Colorado Rockies for his first game back from a left oblique strain. The two pitchers will start for the inaugural league wide “Players Weekend” at Dodger Stadium.

Pitchers

Kenta Maeda, Photo Credit: MLB

 

Maeda had a perfect game against the Tigers in his last start until he had a meltdown in the sixth frame; he ended up with a loss after giving up four runs on five hits including one homer while he struck out seven batters in six innings. However, he hasn’t been lucky against his upcoming opponents as well after losing his last start versus the Brewers on June 4; he gave up two runs on two hits including one dinger despite striking out seven batters in four innings.

Chase Anderson, Photo Credit: MLB

 

On the other hand, Anderson was exceptional in his return versus the Rockies; he only gave up one run on two hits while he struck out four batters in five innings to nab the win. Unfortunately, he didn’t stand a chance against his next opponents on June 18 and 28 last year; he was 0-2 with a horrible 17.06 ERA versus the Dodgers.

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Batters

Milwaukee Brewers vs Maeda, Photo Credit: MLB

Ryan Braun, Photo Credit: Cincinnati Enquirer

 

The whole Brewers lineup doesn’t have enough experience against Maeda yet but Ryan Braun could possibly do well since he’s gotten three hits in five at bats against the Dodgers starter last year. Plus, he’s also having a solid year with a .281/.351/.513 triple slash line and a .865 OPS.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Anderson, Photo Credit: MLB

Adrian Gonzalez, Photo Credit: MLB

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While Dodgers’ Adrián González has bested Anderson so far in his career; he’s gotten five runs on eight hits including one dinger with a remarkable .533/.650/.867 triple slash line and a 1.517 OPS in 15 at bats. However, his .245/.293/.342 stat line this season hasn’t been seen since his sophomore year in the MLB.

Prediction

This could be a close game based on the recent performance of Maeda and Anderson’s fresh return but with the Brewers starter’s experience against the Dodgers last year, the edge goes to Maeda. To make things worse, the Dodgers simply have more firepower than the Brewers even if Gonzalez doesn’t perform well.

Projected Winner: Los Angeles Dodgers

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