With a 21 game lead over Arizona, the Dodgers sit comfortably atop the NL West coming into this weekend. LA has gone 8-2 in their last 10 games, scoring an average of 4.8 runs per game while allowing 3.3 runs per game. They are 2-1 against Milwaukee so far this season. As of today, the club is on pace to win 115 games this year.
Despite leading the NL Central for most of the season, the Brewers now find themselves three games back of the Chicago Cubs in the division. In their last 10 games, Milwaukee has gone 7-3, although they did just drop two out of three against the Giants. During this 10 game span, they have scored an average of 4.7 runs per game while allowing 4.0.
Game 1 Starters – Chase Anderson (RHP) vs Kenta Maeda (RHP)
In 17 games started for Milwaukee this season, Anderson has a 2.83 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 8.40 K/9. He is the only Brewers pitcher with at least 10 starts on the year to have an ERA under 3.00. The right-hander spent all of July and most of August on the DL, and made his first start since June 28 last week against the Rockies, going five innings and allowed one run on two hits. Before the injury, Anderson had a 1.56 ERA in June. This will be his first start against LA this season.
Kenta Maeda brings a 3.88 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into Friday’s game and has been a mainstay in the Dodgers elite rotation this season. In his last three starts, Maeda has combined for 17.1 innings pitched, allowing eight earned runs on 13 hits, and striking out 21. In one start against the Brewers this year he gave up two runs in four innings, striking out seven.
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Who’s hot, and who’s not
Neil Walker has been an offensive shot in the arm for the Brewers since coming over from the Mets earlier this month. The second baseman is 12-28 in nine games so far for the Brew Crew with one double, one home run, and five RBIs. His OBP is approaching .500 at .476. Keon Broxton is hitting relatively well lately also, batting .300 in his last six games with one home run and four RBIs.
After a red-hot start to the month of August, Ryan Braun is just 3-22 in his last six games. His OPS during this span is .367. Domingo Santana is hitting .191 on the month with a .324 slugging percentage. The outfielder has struck out 29 times in his last 79 plate appearances, giving him a 37% strikeout rate in August.
With fellow outfielder Cody Bellinger going on the DL, Chris Taylor has stepped up in the last few games, going 12-27 with four doubles and six RBIs. He has a 1.109 OPS in his last six games. Yasmani Grandal has three home runs and four RBIs in his last five games.
Justin Turner is 4-26 in his last six games. None of his hits have been for extra bases as his OPS on the month drops to .800 even. Logan Forsythe has struck out seven times in his last 25 plate appearances, gathering only four hits in the same span.
Prediction: Dodgers 3 – 2 Brewers
Under most circumstances, I wouldn’t consider a game against these two teams to be a close matchup, but Anderson was just too good before his injury earlier in the season to ignore. He definitely has the ability to quiet the bats in the Dodgers lineup, which has been good but not great lately. I still think LA takes this one though, especially considering the Brewers bullpen has a 4.04 ERA this year, more than a full run worse than the Dodgers.
Where to watch
Today’s game will be broadcast on FSWI and SNLA, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers.
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