Both teams are coming off tough losses, the Marlins defeat the Dodgers 13-7 at Miami while the Braves fell their show finale against the Mets 10-8. The Dodgers have a comfy 19-game lead on the Diamondbacks in the National League West and also the Braves lead the Nationals by 5.5 games in the National League East.
Kenta Maeda (8-8, 4.12 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) vs. Mike Soroka (10-2, 2.32 ERA, 1.08 WHIP)
Kenta Maeda had dropped his last six decisions and that he slipped back from two poor excursions by throwing seven scoreless innings of all three-hit ball with six strikeouts and zero walks in a 4-0 win against the Diamondbacks last Saturday. The right-hander is still only 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA along with a 1.24 WHIP in his last six appearances (five starts) and he is 2-5 with a 5.66 ERA along with a 1.38 WHIP in 12 road starts.
Mike Soroka is winless since July 14 however he dominated the Marlins last Saturday, pitching seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball with six strikeouts against one walk to find a no-decision in a 7-6 win. The 22-year-old is 0-1 with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in his past five starts and 4-2 with a 4.08 ERA along with a 1.39 WHIP in eight house starts. This will be Soroka’s first career start against the Dodgers.
The Underneath is:
Maeda and Soroka have an On-Base Percentage (OBP) beneath .275, a Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) under .278 and opponents are hitting under .228 contrary to them. Maeda is 2-0 with an 0.68 ERA and an 0.83 WHIP in 2 career starts against the Braves (he hasn’t confronted them because 2017) and he has been a far better pitcher in the home.
The current Braves roster is simply 4-for-31 (.129) from Maeda along with also the projected Braves lineup has only three batters using Isolated Power (ISO) above .185. Soroka, on the other hand, was a much better pitcher over the road but this is a very large total.