Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Maeda debuts as Dodgers seek sweep

Japanese star Kenta Maeda makes his Major League debut Wednesday night when he starts for the Dodgers against the Padres and Andrew Cashner in the opening series finale.
The Dodgers, who have won the first two games by shutouts, will go for the series sweep Wednesday.
Maeda said he's more excited for this start than a typical first start in Japan. He said the Dodgers analytic department has provided more data on opposing hitters than he would have normally received before a game in Japan, but he is "comfortable" with it.
Cashner went 0-3 against the Dodgers last year despite a 3.38 ERA, receiving one run or fewer in three of four starts. His career ERA at Petco Park is 2.64.
Three things to know about this game:
• Cashner has always been very sharp in April. He's posted a 2.61 career ERA in the season's opening month and has averaged 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. He's also been especially effective against Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, who has just two singles in 19 career at-bats against him.
• Maeda was impressive in the Cactus League, going 1-2 with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in six starts.
• Justin Turner is 4-for-6 with two doubles against Cashner.

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