It’s hard to believe that it’s August 25 and the Dodgers have 90 wins already, but here we are. What an incredible journey it’s been. The Dodgers are the best team in baseball and it’s been thrilling watching them manhandle the rest of the National League. The postseason is fast approaching and the Dodgers have plenty of time and a huge lead to work with. Isn’t life good? It sure is good to be a Dodger fan right now, that’s for sure.
After winning three out of four in Pittsburgh and screwing Rich Hill out of a no-hitter/perfect game (sorry Rich) the Dodgers are back home for a quick little three game home stand against the Brewers and then back out on the road again for the rest of August. There are only 16 home games remaining and the Dodgers are also on track to set the mark for best home winning percentage. Another record, what else is new?
The Brewers come into town with a huge monkey on their back. What would that be you ask? I’m upset with them. Yes that is correct the monkey on their back is me being mad at them. I’m mad at them because they had damn job to do and couldn’t do it. All they had to do was not play like hot garbage after the all-star break and they come into play 3.0 games behind the stupid Cubs in the NL Central race. Nobody more than I want to see the dumb Cubs eliminated from the playoffs. So thank you Milwaukee you just totally screwed the pooch and now you’re going to get swept by the Dodgers as well. The Brewers are 66-62 and 3.5 games out in the wild card race.
Dodgers vs. Milwaukee
Game Time – 7:10 PM PST
The pitching match-up for tonight will feature left hander Chase Anderson battling Kenta Maeda. Anderson has been a quality starter for the Brewers this season posting a 2.83 ERA over 17 starts. He’s increased his strikeouts from 7.1/9 last season to 8.4/9 this season. He’s allowed just 7.1 hits per nine and his FIP is a fine 3.49. He’s been good despite having to deal with an oblique injury that been hampering him. He was able to toss five innings in his last start against Colorado. Anderson pitched very well in July, posting a 1.56 ERA and allowing just 6 earned runs over 34.2 innings of work.
In 8 career starts against the Dodgers he is 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA. He’s 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA in 5 career starts at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have an OPS of over 1.000 against the big right hander. Yasmani Grandal has hit three home runs. Check out the rest of the numbers.
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As for Maeda, he’s been fantastic of late. But he did get beat by the Brewers back on June 4 in Milwaukee. During his last 28 days he’s held opponents to a .176 batting average against. In August he’s posted a 3.09 ERA and allowed just 8 earned runs in 23.1 innings pitched. Overall he is 11-5 with a 3.88 ERA in 20 starts. He’s struck out 111 (9.0k/9) and walked only 27. He’s actually been very good after a lousy start to the season. Against the Brewers he has a 2.20 ERA and a 1-1 record over 3 career starts. He’s held the Brewers in check so far.
Maeda vs. Brewers
In case you have forgotten, this weekend is the wacky Players Weekend in which the Dodgers and every MLB club will be wearing goofy custom made jerseys with nicknames on the back. It all goes to a good cause of course, but it should be strange to watch. I’m a traditionalist by nature so I would rather see them wear their normal home whites, but I also love shenanigans too. Anyways, enjoy the silliness.