Both teams are coming off tough losses, the Marlins beat the Dodgers 13-7 at Miami while their series finale dropped against the Mets 10-8. The Dodgers have a comfy 19-game lead within 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 lost his previous six decisions by throwing seven scoreless innings of three-hit chunk with six strikeouts and zero walks in a 4-0 win against the Diamondbacks past Saturday and that he awakened from two outings that were bad. The right-hander remains only 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA along with a 1.24 WHIP in his previous six appearances (five starts) and he is 2-5 with a 5.66 ERA along with a 1.38 WHIP at 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 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 last five starts and 4-2 with a 4.08 ERA along with a 1.39 WHIP in eight home begins. This will be Sorokas first career start against the Dodgers.
The Underneath is:
Maeda and Soroka possess an On-Base Percentage (OBP) beneath .275, a Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) beneath .278 and opponents are hitting under .228 against them. Maeda is 2-0 with an 0.68 ERA and an 0.83 WHIP in 2 career starts against the Braves (he hasnt faced them since 2017) and hes been a far better pitcher in the home.
The present Braves roster is merely 4-for-31 (.129) from Maeda along with the projected Braves lineup includes only three batters with Isolated Power (ISO) over .185. This is a total that is very significant although soroka continues to be a greater pitcher in the highway.