Ned Colletti gives reason behind Maeda's early-season struggles

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 22:  Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a second inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Diamondbacks won 11-5.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda burst onto the scene as a 28-year-old rookie last season, posting a 16-11 record and 3.48 ERA. 2017 has not been so kind to the former Japanese League star.

Maeda has been rocked for a league-high seven home runs through 19 innings, allowing 17 earned runs to cross the plate in the meantime.

Dodgers Insider Ned Colletti joined Fred Roggin and Rodney Peete on Monday to break down the roots of Maeda's struggles. If you ask Colletti, there are a few factors in play. But among the most prevalent are familiarity and control of his fastball.

Colletti also discusses Julio Urias' pending arrival at the MLB level.

Listen to the full interview below.

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