NEXT UP: GAME 3 OF NLDS
When: Monday, 1 p.m.
Where: Dodger Stadium.
TV: MLB Network. Radio: 570, 1020, 1540.
In-game blog: latimes.com/sports
Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda (16-11, 3.48 ERA)
Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez (11-11, 4.57 ERA)
Maeda, a 28-year-old rookie, was the Dodgers’ most reliable starter in a tumultuous season for the rotation. He frequently received extra rest to make his schedule similar to what he was used to while pitching professionally in Japan. And he pitched between five and seven innings in 29 of his 32 starts.
Gonzalez had the worst season of his professional career. The 31-year-old left-hander made all his starts but gave up 19 home runs — more than twice as many as he did in 2015. “It’s not something I want to sit back and reflect on,” Gonzalez said Saturday. “I want to talk about now, which is October. It’s playoff time.”
He started once against the Dodgers this season, in July, and struck out six over six innings, giving up just one run. That was a fairly typical performance by the Dodgers against any left-handed pitcher. The Dodgers were worst in the big leagues hitting left-handers during the regular season.